Have to admit, as excited as I was this time one week ago at the thought of two top 10 teams playing in the Cotton Bowl a lot of said excitement has gone the way of Al Michaels' real hair. The Big 12 just seems to lack the oomph that it has in recent seasons, and UCLA's ability to bring UT back to the glory days of Fred Akers/John Mackovic is a total bummer.
But No. 21 Texas will play No. 8 Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl for the right to lose to Nebraska in the Big 12 title game.
Every single thing says OU should win this game. And the Sooners should win. A veteran passer plus a running game that produces reliable yardage should be too much. UT's offense is just to erratic for my tastes, and its QB/WR tandems are too green to do real consistent damage vertically or on the outside.
But rivalry games as intense as this distort and render conventional things moot.
Who will win this game?
- Mac Engel