Oklahoma vs Texas: Prediction, pick, odds, TV channel, live stream, watch online

This year's Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma will make some history. Not since 1947 have the Longhorns and Sooners both had new coaches in the same season. However, first-year coaches Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley, respectively, come into this game with different tones. 

Herman is trying to get Texas back to the top of the Big 12. Despite two early-season losses, the Horns are 2-0 in conference play and can take a big step forward in re-earning respect with a win. Riley has been hit with his first cold dose of adversity as a head coach following the stunning loss to Iowa State. If Oklahoma's playoff dreams are to be realized, they need to get back on track this Saturday. 

With the Big 12's best rivalry about to kick off, here's all you need to know about the matchup. 

Viewing information

Date: Saturday, Oct. 14 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Cotton Bowl Stadium -- Dallas, Texas
TV: ESPN | Live stream: WatchESPN

Storylines

Oklahoma: The Sooners kind of have to rebound, right? The loss to Iowa State last weekend isn't a playoff-eliminating loss, but it sure is close. A second one would be a knockout blow. There are a couple of things to watch here. First, how does the defense respond? The Sooners have given up 39.5 points per game against Baylor and Iowa State, plus 6.75 yards per play, which ranks near the bottom of the Big 12. On offense, and I can't believe I'm typing this, how is quarterback Baker Mayfield's confidence throwing the ball? He was running for his life against the Cyclones and held on to the ball way too long on a number of dropbacks. Some of that is what you get with Mayfield. Some of that might be a receiving corps that doesn't have a true Dede Westbrook/Sterling Shepard type. Oklahoma should be playing mad after last week (like Iowa State was), but so will Texas. 

Texas:  This isn't copy/pasted from a month ago -- promise -- but it's not 100 percent clear who will start at quarterback: Shane Buechele or Sam Ehlinger. The heavy lean (and logical choice) is Ehlinger following his performance against Kansas State in Week 6 (380 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) but coach Tom Herman hasn't made an announcement. From one observer's perspective, though, the offense is just more fun with Ehlinger on the field. Regardless, a win over Oklahoma would signal that Texas is actually further along than previously thought after the season-opening loss to Maryland. October is a measuring stick month, too. After the Sooners, Texas gets Oklahoma State and TCU in two of its next three games. 

Prediction

The temptation to go with Texas straight up was strong, and not because Oklahoma is now exposed as some paper tiger. The Longhorns have a real shot at this. The defense has improved and now they're actually getting takeaways. Also: receiver Collin Johnson is a stud. He's been a little feast or famine -- he's literally alternated between two and seven catches each game -- but it's starting to click for him. He just needs to be a better scoring target. Both teams will be motivated and fireworks are in store. Despite the setback last week, Oklahoma gets enough plays from Mayfield to get it done. But this one should be funPick: Texas +7.5


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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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