Last year in the Cotton Bowl, the Sooners threw Charlie Strong a life raft. The Longhorns had lost 4 of their first 5, and were expected to be dominated by an OU team that had already won an impressive road game at Tennessee.
However, heavily-favored Oklahoma played an uninspired game and got pushed around against a 1-4 Texas team.
The Horns upset the Sooners, 24-17, and probably saved Strong’s job in the process.
Here we are, a year later, and pretty much the same scenario exists – Strong is fighting for his job again, and a win over OU might just help the embattled Texas coach survive again.
Make no mistake, Strong is in big trouble. After what looked like an impressive win over Notre Dame, the Longhorns have struggled. Texas has lost road games at Cal and Oklahoma State, with the defense being the biggest issue.
Strong has taken the first step of self preservation, demoting defensive coordinator Vance Bedford to secondary coach, opening the door for Strong to make the defensive calls.
Texas AD Mike Perrin said that Strong will not be fired during the season after Saturday’s loss in Stillwater, but the writing is clearly all over the wall.
Unless Texas turns it around in a hurry, Strong is out and the Longhorns immediately jump into the Tom Herman sweepstakes, where LSU is already sitting at the head table.
It seems as if Strong is on his way out in Austin, unless the Sooners cooperate Saturday in Dallas, and give him new life.
Inexplicably, OU has done that 2 of the last 3 seasons.
If the Sooners of the second and third quarters against TCU show up in this Red River Rivalry, Texas in trouble.
Who knows with this Oklahoma team, which seems to have more personalities than Sybil.
If Oklahoma does show up and win as expected, then it’s very likely that the Sooners will face a new Texas coach across the field in 2017.
We’ve seen this movie before, Texas getting up for Oklahoma to play for Strong when he’s in trouble.
Maybe this time the movie will have an alternate ending.