Game of the Week: No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Texas
In one corner there's Bradford, the Sooners' redshirt sophomore who is second in the nation in pass efficiency (205.0), throwing for 1,665 yards, 18 touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 72.6 percent of his passes. He's at the controls of a balanced attack that ranks fifth in total offense (540 yards per game) and fourth in scoring at 49.6 points per game.
In the other corner is McCoy, who despite a 25-6 record as a starter has somehow lost some cachet when stacked against his fellow Big 12 signal-callers. The redshirt junior leads the nation with a 79.2 completion percentage and ranks fourth in pass efficiency (197.9). He has passed for 1,280 yards, 16 TDs and three picks at the helm of a unit that is sixth in scoring at 47.2. Oh, and he's also putting together a
Both of these QBs, like a lot of their Big 12 brethren, are legitimate Heisman candidates. After Saturday, either Bradford or McCoy is going to have a leg up on the rest of the conference's passers -- for at least a week.
The Sooners are also making life difficult on opposing QBs -- totaling 17 sacks behind end
Recent history is in the Sooners' favor. Oklahoma is 7-5 in the 12 years since the inception of the Big 12 and has won six of the past eight, including last year's 28-21 victory. In the 15 times they've met as undefeateds since 1950, OU has won nine times.
Texas leads the all-time series 57-40-5 and last won in '06, when an unheralded 'Horns team led by McCoy, then a redshirt freshman, won 28-10.
As for current implications, neither team wants to lose a step in the Big 12 South race, where four teams are currently 5-0 (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech). To get to the Big 12 title game, which is the precursor for any of the league's teams with national-title implications, falling a game back in the standings could be killer.
"They're both very impressive young quarterbacks. They're similar in a lot of ways: they're both accurate, poised in the pocket and neither of them have an absolute Howitzer. They have enough arm strength; Bradford might have a little bit more zip in his arm.
"What impresses me the most about them is their accuracy and their mobility. McCoy's a little bit better out of the pocket, running around and actually attacking the defense as a runner. But both of them are very accurate on the move, moving either left or right. And that's something that usually takes a long time to get a young quarterback to do, so I'm impressed that they're able to do that. Both of them are absolutely legitimate NFL draft prospects.
"I would be more comfortable in seeing Bradford, who at this point I think is the better NFL prospect, bulk up a little bit. He's got such a slight frame ... that's it and that's nitpicky, it really is.
"Colt, hell he can't even be called 'Colt' anymore. He's more like a quarter horse now. I think everybody remembers back when he was a freshman and he looked like a 16-year-old kid, but now he's a strong, physical man out there. I think that's the same thing I'd like to see with Bradford.
"Both offenses at times spread the ball out so much, both of them are protected by big, talented offensive lines, so I do worry about how they're going to hold up at the NFL level. And again, that ties into a lot of the things that Colt is a little bit more physically ready for because he is a bigger, stronger kid. But I think that Bradford is a better pro prospect, just because I don't know if there's a more accurate quarterback in the country."