Staff predictions: Texas vs. Oklahoma

Texas 27, Oklahoma 24

Texas is the better team in my opinion and the prediction is that easy. As shocked as we all are, Texas is better on offense than Oklahoma is right now. The Texas defense was expected to be better and if you can subtract the big plays, they would be good. Oklahoma will run the ball hard and often and force Texas to stop them. Both defenses are average, so I'm going to with better offense in a close game with field goals on both sides.

- Sean Adams

Oklahoma 38, Texas 35

Nothing particularly wows me about this Oklahoma offense and the shaky senior running the show at quarterback. What does surprise me is how unpredictable this Texas defense has become, especially in the run game. Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat are coming on at the right time, especially since Landry Jones isn’t exactly mobile, but can Texas be trusted to get a stop with the game on the line?

- Max Olson

Oklahoma 31, Texas 28

I had the game picked at 21-17 in favor of OU in the summer but now that I have actually seen the Texas defense and its tackling ability, I decided to up the score slightly. Texas does have all the tools to win this game and from top to bottom might be the more talented team on the field. But Texas has not maximized that talent on defense yet this season. It’s hard to believe that the Longhorns will after just a few short practices following the West Virginia loss.

- Carter Strickland

Texas 28, Oklahoma 24

I picked Texas to win this game back in July and I'm going to stick with that for now. David Ash is just no longer a concern and is a completely different player than the one that threw for only 107 yards and two interceptions against OU last season. Quarterback levelheadedness is vital in this game and he won't be intimidated by the atmosphere this time around. A big part of his success has to do with the improvement along the offensive front, which was absolutely manhandled by the Sooners last season. I think that will be a much more even battle, whereas I think Texas' defensive ends will cause trouble for OU's bookends.

The Longhorns' run defense has been non-existent over the past two weeks, which is a huge concern moving forward. I think Damien Williams and Dominique Whaley will cause problems. But there is a slight chance Jordan Hicks could play, which would help immensely, and I think the move to start Mykkele Thompson at safety will make Texas a better tackling team in the secondary.

- Wiliam Wilkerson