Tom Herman once wondered why his Texas Longhorns “can’t get out of our own way.”
“If we all thought that we were going to come in here and, in nine months, sprinkle some fairy dust on this team and think that we’ve arrived, then we’re wrong,” the first-year Texas coach said. That was back on Sept. 2, when Maryland stunned Texas 51-41 at home in the season opener.
Only a week later, after Oklahoma took down then-No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus, first-year Sooners coach Lincoln Riley felt the need to warn against the sentiment that his team had arrived.
“We’ll be disappointed,” Riley said, “if this is the highlight of our season.”
All of which brings us to Saturday, when Texas (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) and No. 12 Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1) renew their annual grudge match in a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It’s the first time since 1947 the Red River Rivalry features two first-year coaches. This year’s edition also features two teams trending in opposite directions.
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