In a weekend that includes a bunch of heavyweight showdowns in school soccer, it is onerous to look previous the Red River Showdown.
One of faculty soccer’s, and U.S. sport as an entire’s, longest-standing rivalries, conferences between Oklahoma and Texas seldom want introduction.
That is even more true this 12 months, with the reminiscence of final season’s double-header nonetheless recent within the reminiscence and 5-0 Oklahoma ranked No. 6, whereas 4-1 Texas is ranked No. 11.
A 12 months in the past, the Longhorns received in Dallas, however the Sooners then exacted revenge within the Big 12 title sport. There is a definite chance the 2 applications will play one another twice this season as properly.
Oklahoma’s offense has torched groups to this point this 12 months, averaging a nation-best 644 yards per sport and 53.Four factors per sport—the second-best determine behind LSU.
The Sooners common 9.Eight yards per play, that means they successfully virtually acquire a primary down every time they’ve the ball.
To put the determine into context, the Sooners averaged 8.three yards per play in 2017 with Baker Mayfield at quarterback.
That determine was a brand new NCAA file and trumped the college’s earlier greatest determine of seven.1 yards per play, which had held for 46 yards. Once Kyler Murray changed Mayfield final 12 months, the Sooners went even higher, averaging a file 8.6 yards per play.
With Jalen Hurts beneath middle this season, Oklahoma is on monitor to blow each information out of the water.
The signal-caller, who transferred to Oklahoma from Alabama within the offseason, has thrown for 1,523 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions to this point.
Hurts additionally leads the Sooners in dashing with 499 yards, however has been warned towards operating the ball on Saturday.
“He’s not dumb,” Texas security B.J. Foster, who has 18 tackles and one choose in three video games this season, stated of the Sooners quarterback on the Longhorns media day on Tuesday.
“He’s gonna have to slide, or it’s not gonna be good for him.”
If Foster’s phrases are worrying for Hurts, the statistical omens will present little consolation for the previous Alabama participant.
Since 1990, quarterbacks who made their debut within the Red River Classic are 2-14-1 towards signal-callers who’ve beforehand performed within the rivalry.
During his freshman 12 months at Alabama, Hurts led the Crimson Tide to a 30-12 win over arch-rivals Auburn and wins over Florida within the SEC title sport and over Washington within the College Football Playoff semifinal.
The senior quarterback is not fazed forward of his Red River Showdown debut.
“I played in the Iron Bowl,” Hurts stated final week after the Sooners beat Kansas. “I played in big games before. I’ll be alright.”
Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, in the meantime, has confronted Oklahoma over the past two seasons, when Mayfield and Murray had been beneath middle for the Sooners.
The duo went on to win the Heisman Trophy in consecutive seasons and had been then each chosen with the primary general choose of their respective NFL drafts.
Ehlinger has handed for 1,448 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions to this point this season.
He will have to be at his greatest, as Texas’ greatest probability of profitable could also be to show the sport right into a shootout.
The Longhorns rank 104th in whole protection, permitting 442 yards and 26.6 factors per sport.
To add to their woes, they are going to be with out cornerbacks Jalen Green and Josh Thompson and defensive again Caden Sterns—the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2018.
Texas coach Tom Herman advised assault could also be the very best type of protection on Saturday.
“We will be burning the midnight oil tonight,” Herman stated on Monday, as per Sports Illustrated. “[We will be] trying to figure out a way to score some points and hopefully hold them to something reasonable with that offense they have.”
Here’s all you’ll want to know forward of Saturday.
When and the place is the sport?
The Texas Longhorns host the Oklahoma Sooners on the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, October 12.
Kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. native time (12 p.m. ET).
The sport might be broadcast nationally on FOX.
A dwell stream might be out there by way of FOX Sports’ digital platforms and FOX Sports GO.
The two applications have met 114 instances, with Texas profitable on 62 events and Oklahoma prevailing in 47 video games.
The Sooners received the latest matchup, defeating the Longhorns 39-27 within the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas, in December final 12 months.
According to Oddschecker, Oklahoma is an 11.5-point favourite and is 93/100 to win and canopy the unfold, whereas Texas is a 16/5 underdog.