Texas beat Oklahoma last season in one of the biggest upsets of the year. But that is one of the closer rivalries for the Longhorns in program history. "I'll be all right".
Oklahoma football is staring down perhaps its biggest test of the regular season.
The 2021 recruit announced his decision to commit to the Sooners on Wednesday night, not long after OU coach Lincoln Riley tweeted a set of eyeballs, signaling a commitment. "I think probably just the fact that they're running the football (effectively), and he's running it every time I look up, and it feels like he's been running for 100 yards a game".
"Kyler (Murray) and Baker (Mayfield) could certainly do it, but that was not something they hung their hat on". Texas' Sam Ehlinger has had 391, 386 and 384 total yards in his three games against Oklahoma - the three highest outputs by a Longhorns QB against the Sooners. Jalen Hurts is having a Heisman-like season.
A strong performance Saturday, though, could lift him into the national discussion as well. He might be 1-1 as a starter, but he has averaged 296 passing yards, 89 rushing yards and scored seven total touchdowns with no interceptions.
"The numbers speak for themselves".
This is the week we'll finally get an idea of just how much of an impact Alex Grinch has had on Oklahoma's defense. The Longhorns won the regular-season matchup last season, then Oklahoma won the rematch in the league title game for its fourth Big 12 title in a row and third College Football Playoff appearance.
It'll now be interesting to monitor if Texas money is waiting to buy back the Longhorns, especially if this line ticks up to a consensus +11 or +11.5 across the market.
This season, Texas is right there, entering the game with only the narrow early-season loss to LSU blemishing their resume.
"When we play our best, we can go toe to toe with anybody in the country", Herman said.
These two have alternated the over/under over their last eight meetings and are coming off an under in last year's Big 12 Championship Game.