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Oklahoma is a consensus top 4 program in the country, and for good reason. They have arguably the best coach in the nation, or at least a top 10 one, in Lincoln Riley. He is voted as the best coach of the Big 12 at least.
The Sooners have been in the College Football Playoffs 3 out of the first 5 years of its existence. And they have produced two Heisman Trophy QB winners and No.1 overall NFL draft picks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
And just to tack it on, Oklahoma as won the Big 12 conference 4 years running (2015-2019).
So how is it even a conversation for Texas to be arguably the best team in the Big 12, or at least have a solid shot of becoming so? I mean they haven't even won the Big 12 in 10 years (last win being 2009).
Well, I would argue that Texas is on a serious upswing. Coach Tom Herman is no joke and they did win 10 games in the 2018 season. Plus there is a lot of hype on what the 2019-20 season and beyond can bring.
Texas beat Oklahoma in the 2018 Red River rivalry game 48-45. And even though Oklahoma won the Big 12 conference final game 39-27, remember that game was tied up 27 all going into the 4th quarter.
I think these teams are far closer than some people might think. And if Oklahoma doesn't watch it, Texas could become the hot team for 2019 and beyond in the Big 12, and maybe even the country.
AP Top 25 currently has Oklahoma ranked #4 and Texas #9. Both top 10 consensus in the country. Circle the Red River Rivalry and the Big 12 championship on your calendar. Will be some of the best college football we'll see this year. Can't wait.