Are You Ready To Rumble?
WHO: Texas (3-2)
WHEN: Saturday, October 14th @ 2:30 PM CT
WHERE: Dallas, Texas
HOW TO WATCH: ESPN
SCOUTING Texas: “Big time players, make big time plays, in big time games”. That’s a phrase many football players use to get ready for a game like one that is happening today. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime. It’s why kids choose to go to Texas and Oklahoma for games like this. The pageantry, the tradition, the fair, the game, the flag plant. It’s an event like nothing else–OU-Texas is here.
Offensively, put on Ohio State’s tape and one would see the same offense Tom Herman will trot out there today. 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 and Kansas State has made people believe that he could be the new face of that Texas offense. The three receivers that Oklahoma better know where they are at are Collin Johnson, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, and Jerrod Heard. Obviously that will be a concern for Mike Stoops’ defense. Johnson is the elite receiver of that group. He will truly be a mismatch for Oklahoma’s secondary. The X-Factor in this game will be Texas’ running game. Can the Longhorns manage to get a push? If so, Chris Warren and Kyle Porter and 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 today, but if last year’s game against Houston 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 will be Texas’ biggest test offensively, but this is a defense playing with all sorts of confidence. Baker Mayfield and Lincoln Riley will need to be at their best to put up points on this Texas defense.
Who is Texas? Who is Oklahoma? If you have those questions, they will be answered today. If this game has proven anything in the past, whoever wins will pole vault themselves in this conference, in the country, and on the recruiting trail. It’s OU-Texas. Throw everything out the door and get ready for the main event.