“College GameDay” is going the neutral-site route for the fourth time through seven weeks of college football action on Saturday, this time heading to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas to preview the Red River Showdown between No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 21 Texas.
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Co. will preview only their second game involving a Big 12 team this season, and the first conference matchup. Saturday’s game between the Sooners and Longhorns takes on even greater interest in 2021, considering this could potentially be the last time they meet as Big 12 opponents. The teams are scheduled to join the SEC in 2025, though it’s possible they could jump ship as early as next season.
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Either way, the loser of Saturday’s game could very well find themselves out of the College Football Playoff picture. That’s true even for undefeated Oklahoma, which has looked like the weakest top 10 team in college football all season, struggling to single-possession victories in all but one game, a 76-0 victory over Western Carolina. The other teams they have beaten (Tulane, Nebraska, West Virginia and Kansas State) haven’t looked like worldbeaters, either.
Texas is in win-or-else mode as well, though the 4-1 Longhorns have the record to match their need to finish with no more losses. They have played better overall in Steve Sarkisian’s first season in Texas than their crimson rivals, but lost badly to then-unranked Arkansas in Week 2. The path to the Playoff is simple for the Longhorns: Win, and they’re (possibly) in. Lose, and they have only the Big 12 championship to play for — which clearly doesn’t interest them, considering their recent defection to the SEC.
Here’s everything you need to know as “College GameDay” makes its way to Dallas to preview the game:
Where is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 5?
- Location: Dallas
- Matchup: No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas
This will be the seventh time “College GameDay” visits Dallas for the Red River Showdown, and first since 2018; the Sooners and Longhorns have been ranked for all of the previous matchups, splitting the series 3-3.
Oklahoma has been the higher-ranked team in all but one Red River Showdown that received the “GameDay” treatment, going 3-2. Its two losses came in 2008 and ’18. Texas won its lone game as the higher-ranked team in 2009, when the third-ranked Longhorns beat the 20th-ranked Sooners 16-13.
Overall, the margin of victory in this series has been 14.3 points when it’s the featured matchup for “GameDay,” though that average is influenced heavily by No. 3 Oklahoma’s 55-17 win over No. 11 Texas in 2011. Removing that game from the series, the margin of victory decreases to 9.6 points per game.
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‘College GameDay’ schedule on ESPN
- TV channel: ESPN
- Start time: 9 a.m. ET
Davis, Herbstreit, Howard and Pollack will preview Week 6 action live from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas starting at 9 a.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC, with kickoff set for noon ET.
“GameDay” has a few ranked games to choose from for Week 7, though each of those involves at least one team that will have already been featured by that point of the season. Those games are No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Texas in Austin, No. 18 Auburn vs. No. 12 Arkansas in Fayetteville and No. 16 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Georgia in Athens.
Other potential options include the cross-division rivalry between No. 20 Florida and LSU, the “Manning Bowl” between No. 17 Ole Miss and Tennessee and a matchup of future Big 12 conference opponents in No. 15 BYU and 4-1 Baylor.
|Week||Matchup||Location||Guest Picker||Corso’s Headgear||Outcome|
|0||Alcorn State vs. NCCU||Atlanta||Eddie George||Braves||NCCU 23, Alcorn State 14|
|1||No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 3 Clemson||Charlotte, N.C.||Kane Brown||Bulldogs||Georgia 10, Clemson 3|
|2||No. 10 Iowa at No. 9 Iowa State||Ames, Iowa||Ashton Kutcher||Hawkeyes||Iowa 27, Iowa State 17|
|3||No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State||University Park, Pa.||Saquon Barkley||Nittany Lions||Penn State 28, Auburn 20|
|4||No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Wisconsin||Chicago||Danica Patrick||Fighting Irish||Notre Dame 41, Wisconsin 13|
|5||No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia||Athens, Ga.||Harris English||Bulldogs||Georgia 37, Arkansas 0|
|6||No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas||Dallas||Mark Cuban||Longhorns||TBD|
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Who is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 5?
“GameDay” announced Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, as its celebrity guest picker for Week 6: