The Oklahoma Sooners have announced that the Red River Showdown will kickoff at 11:00 a.m CT on ABC. Although the Sooners first travel to Manhattan to face Kansas State and the Longhorns head to Fort Worth to battle TCU, it’s time to peek ahead to the October 9th showdown.
Red River Showdown time set.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 27, 2021
The week six matchup has the potential to be a top 25 affair. Texas was the highest unranked vote-getter in the USA Today SPORTS AFCA Coaches Poll (101) and the AP Top 25 (131) following week four. UT’s 41-20 loss in Fayettville is now viewed in a more favorable light following Arkansas’ 20-10 upset win over Texas A&M last weekend. If the Longhorns can knock off TCU on Saturday, they should be back in the top 25 and in control of their own destiny two weeks from now.
In Oklahoma’s case, a win is a win. The Sooners have placed their sputtering offense on the back of a formidable defense and fought their way to a 4-0 record. While they aren’t winning games in a commanding fashion — and are paying the price in the polls because of it — their undefeated record ensures that the road to the Big 12 title game still rolls through Norman.
If OU can exorcise its Kansas State demon and UT doesn’t drop the ball against TCU, Red River is poised to carry Big 12 championship implications.
Oklahoma has won five of the last six Red River Showdowns, including last season’s 53-45 thriller that went to four overtimes.