Fans will flock to the Cotton Bowl during the Texas State Fair in a sea of burnt orange and crimson this week for the Red River Rivalry Shootout. This year, the game has serious implications, both nationally and in the conference. The two teams are #1 and #2 in both the AP and the Media poll this week in what should be an interesting matchup. Additionally, this will be the first meeting between coaches Max and Basis. So let's have a look behind the scenes and break down the game... Texas The Longhorns have gotten off to a fast start, albeit in some close games. North Carolina gave the 'Horns a tough test in week one before two big-time SEC matchups. Against Alabama, Texas trailed 24-14 at halftime before outscoring the Tide 20-7 in the 2nd half en route to a 34-31 victory at home. The next week, Texas travelled to Florida and had the opposite type of game as they had to hang on to a 17-0 halftime lead to beat the Gators 31-28. As they say, a win is a win, and last week Texas' defense showed up as they put it on Mizzou 30-0. Oklahoma The Sooners have been good but not great the past couple of seasons, and as such fired Bob Stoops to bring in relative unknown Coach Basis from Auburn. With him, he brought his version of the spread passing attack. Sooners fans didn't know what to expect, but they have to be pleased with the fast start to the season. After beating UCONN at home 49-21 at home to start the season, the Sooners went into Florida State and embarrassed the Seminoles 35-0. In week 3, a tough Oregon squad rolled into Norman where the Sooners walked away with a 20-7 win. Last week, Oklahoma took care of Kansas State 44-17. The Running Game Even though both teams can throw the ball, the main key will be controlling the clock and successfully running the football. Texas still has the beastly Chris Whaley, who has run for 398 yards on 74 carries (5.38 ypc) and 5 touchdowns. Oklahoma's Jonathan Miller has 341 yards on just 56 carries (6.08 ypc) and 4 touchdowns of his own so far. Whichever team can impose their will on the ground will have the advantage in this one, and Texas likes to stick with the run more than Oklahoma. Turnovers As is the case in nearly every football game, turnovers will play a huge part in this one, and neither team has shown a propensity to turn the ball over; each quarterback only has 1 INT to their name so far this season. The team that can be +1 or +2 in the turnover battle will have a big leg up. The Feeling Out Process As previously mentioned, this is the first meeting between Max and Basis. As is usually the case when two squads meet for the first time, there will be a feeling out period where each coach will need to determine what the other seemingly tries to do and how to shut it down. Whoever can figure out the other first will likely have the upper hand. The overall feeling of this game in new blood vs. old(er) blood is that the incumbants will have the better shot to win. The Horns didn't fluke their way to a BCS Championship, and they look to be as strong this season. Max's familiarity with his players vs. Basis' relative INfamiliarity with his tips the scale towards Texas in our opinion. What is yours? The poll is up! This game is going down around 10-10:30pm est for those interested in the party chat.