Weis' big day, Richt's future and Red River trends 

October, 12, 2009

Let's dive into this week's most compelling elements:

1. The Red River Rivalry:

Oklahoma already has lost twice, so this game has lost a bit of steam, yes -- but this game isn't just a chance for the Sooners to play spoiler to Texas' BCS hopes. Oklahoma still can win the Big 12, and who knows how the rest of the season will play out, since it was only two years ago that we had a two-loss team win the BCS title game. The Longhorns are the favorite but only a field goal favorite at the time I'm writing this Tuesday morning.

Things feel like they're trending OU's way. The Sooners got a big boost last week with the return of Sam Bradford. Plus, star WR Ryan Broyles might be back from injury this week. And on the other side of the ball, two of UT's key running backs -- Vondrell McGee and Tre' Newton -- are listed as day-to-day after suffering injuries against Colorado on Saturday in a game in which the Horns couldn't run the ball at all against one of the country's worst run defenses. That doesn't figure to bode well against a fierce OU defensive front.

To read the rest of Bruce's blog -- and there's a ton of stuff this Tuesday, including looks at all the things USC-Notre Dame means, the Georgia-Tennessee recruiting battles and how they pertain to Mark Richt's future, and why Nov. 28 might be one of the biggest days in college football history -- you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider