There are a lot of reasons that this 2017 Red River Shootout could be a compelling one. Oklahoma was a favorite pick for winning the Big 12 in preseason, largely thanks to the return of Baker Mayfield and a good offensive line from a historically great Sooner offense.
When they smacked down Ohio State in the horseshoe that spoke to some real potential for this coming season. Then they gave up 500+ yards in consecutive games to Baylor and Iowa State while Texas started to play Top 25 caliber defense and figured out their own offensive identity over the course of two double-overtime contests. The in-season trajectories of these two programs are pointed at each other in more than one facet.