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Texas vs. Oklahoma football preview: Big 12 showdown features traditional powers

Oklahoma and Texas face off this weekend in the 107th edition of the Red River Rivalry

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The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns aren't accustomed to meeting in Dallas with anything but a zero in the loss column. This year's Red River Shootout marks only the second meeting of the two perennial Big 12 powers since 1997, when both have already lost in conference play.

Oklahoma and Texas are both chasing the two top 10 teams still undefeated in Big 12 play -- West Virginia, which beat Texas in Austin, and Kansas State, which beat Oklahoma in Norman. The Mountaineers and Wildcats meet in Morgantown on Oct. 20. The winner of this week's Oklahoma-Texas game will have a far better chance of keeping up in the race for the conference championship, should those two teams fall off the pace.

The Sooners have beat Texas both of the last two years, including a 55-17 blowout win in 2011. Both offenses have been potent thus far in 2012: Texas averages 46.8 points per game, and Oklahoma is scoring 38.3 p.p.g. The Longhorns are giving up 26.4 points a game and the Sooners are allowing 16 per game.

The 107th Red River Shootout will be broadcast on ABC at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.