So it's that time of year again when I have to update all my shots because of the close physical proximity I'm going to be in to people who regularly have sex with farm animals and have poor hygiene. That's right - it's the annual Red River Rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Cheaters.
Every year is different. This year, OU is down. They've lost 2 games already and are pretty much out of natioal title contention. They've been decimated by injuries; losing their NFL-caliber tight end and their Heisman-winning QB the first game of the season. Bradford's back now and he looked good in his return, but you got to think that the time off didn't do him or the team any favors. They are still ranked No. 20 in the country and still a very good team to be reckoned with. Texas, on the other hand, has had a pretty quiet runup to the OU game. They're 5-0 and lead the nation in scoring offense and rushing defense, but they don't have the buzz of a national title contender. I think it's purely due to the fact that they haven't played anybody noteworthy yet.
This year, like many others before, will be a test of where both teams are. Is OU a mediocre team that won't be going to a BCS bowl? Is UT a real national title contender? We'll see tomorrow.
Prediction: UT 35, Cheaters 31