Red River Showdown could be more entertaining than expected


Beating Texas isn't what it used to be, suggests Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman. Tramel's piece is a worth the read as he highlights the reasons why a win over the Longhorns doesn't matter as much as it used to for Oklahoma's program.

"A 38-3 loss to Notre Dame is not the low point of a young season. The second-year coach is under siege, fans are bailing and Bevo is begging for someone to saw off his horns so he won't have to stand beyond the end zone and watch the carnage,' Tramel writes. "Texas football is a dumpster fire. The orange is beyond burnt."

Nobody likes Texas' chances of winning but I have a feeling this game could be more entertaining -- and closer -- than expected.

Baker Mayfield is fun to watch and Jerrod Heard has the "juice." The dueling quarterback has the potential to make this game worth watching even with Oklahoma as a 17-point favorite. Heard has been stifled in back-to-back games against Oklahoma State and TCU but I'm betting on him being better against the Sooners. Meanwhile, Mayfield has some "juice" of his own and tends to step up in big moments. His first Cotton Bowl experience should be a joy to watch.

It's easy to just mark this game on the win column for Bob Stoops team but Heard is a wild card that could change the narrative.