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Know Your Enemy: Texas Longhorns

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) tries to outrun the tackle of Kansas State defensive back Denzel Goolsby (20) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Know Your Enemy: Texas Longhorns

Cowboys Look To Remain In The Hunt At Their Home Away From Home

WHO: Texas (3-3)

WHEN: Saturday, October 21st @ 11:00 AM CT

WHERE: Austin, Texas

HOW TO WATCH: ABC

SCOUTING Texas: Oklahoma State has been clamoring for their chance back in the national spotlight since the loss to TCU. The Cowboys survived the night trip to Lubbock, but this Texas team has been an immovable object this season. The Longhorns have shown that they are the most physical team in this conference top to bottom. Is Oklahoma State ready for a fist fight? If not, they better be.

Sam Ehlinger is the man who is making it go right now. The true freshman has been a spark to an offense that struggled to start the season. His performances against USC, Kansas State, and Oklahoma has made people believe that he could be the new face of that Texas offense. The three receivers that Oklahoma State better know where they are at are Collin Johnson, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, and Jerrod Heard. Johnson is the elite receiver of that group. He will truly be a mismatch for just about any secondary with his blend of size and speed. The X-Factor in this game will be Texas’ running game. Can the Longhorns manage to get a push? If so, Chris Warren and Toneil Carter will have a huge impact in this game at running back.

Defensively, Texas has been one of the best in the country since playing Maryland. Five names to know: Poona Ford, Malik Jefferson, Anthony Wheeler, Brandon Jones, and DeShon Elliot. It is hard to get a good grasp on how Texas will play Oklahoma State today, but if last week’s game against Oklahoma showed anything, Todd Orlando will be dialing up pressure all game. This is where his defense forces teams to turn the ball over by attempting to cause chaos. Oklahoma State will be Texas’ biggest test offensively, but this is a defense playing with all sorts of confidence. Mason Rudolph and his offense will need to be ready and sharp if they expect to be as good as they have been most of the year.

The one glaring issue with this Texas team is their offensive line. This is an area of the game that Oklahoma State will have to attack often. If Glenn Spencer can dial up the right pressure and stunts on the defensive line, Sam Ehlinger will be running for his life again (and yes, Texas holds a lot). Sure, Mason Rudolph can put up all the points he wants, but this is a gritty Texas offense that can manage the game and clock if given the opportunity. Can the Cowboys escape Austin once again?

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