Plank: Oklahoma/Texas Spread "Makes No Sense"

Oklahoma is a double-digit favorite in the Red River Showdown, and Sooners sideline reporter Chris Plank has no idea why

October 11, 2019 - 9:29 am
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No. 6 Oklahoma (5-0) will square off against No. 11 Texas (4-1) in the Red River Showdown on Saturday, and the Sooners are double-digit favorites.

Sooner Radio Network sideline reporter Chris Plank has no idea why.

“It makes no sense to me – absolutely none,” Plank said on Ferrall on the Bench. “If you look historically at this series, there’s some blowouts, but the last couple of years, these have been great games. When I saw 10.5, I thought by the time we hit Friday, that would be pushed down to seven, maybe even six. I’m kind of surprised that it’s not moving very much.”

The game, by the way, will be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

“You give me any rivalry game, especially one like this that’s played on a neutral site, it’s old-school,” Plank said. “It’s like a flashback, a throwback. There’s not a home-field advantage you can look to. So when I saw that number, I thought, ‘Did someone think that this was being played in Norman this year?’ It makes no sense to me. They played two great games last year.”

Texas won the Red River Showdown 48-45 last season before losing to Oklahoma 39-27 in the Big 12 Championship. Five of the last six games in the series have been decided by single digits.

Texas will have to find a way to slow down Jalen Hurts, who has completed 75.2 percent of his passes for 1,523 yards,14 touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also rushed for 499 yards and seven scores.

Indeed, Hurts is picking up right where Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray left off.

“Baker brought the attitude, Kyler brought the swagger – it’s incredible – and it speaks to Lincoln Riley,” Plank said. “Think about the different personalities. You’ve got Baker, who’s outgoing and bombastic. You’ve got Kyler, who’s a little bit more reserved but very much walks with a confidence and swagger. And then you’ve got Jalen Hurts, who’s all business. Lincoln Riley has been able to have success with three different types of personalities implementing his offense. I don’t know if we’ll ever see anything like this again.”