TEXAS VS OKLAHOMA | 10/06 | 12:00 PM EDT
Make no mistake: Baker Mayfield remained in no other way a system player at Oklahoma, and Kyler Murray will not replicate his production nor management. That stated, Murray brings plenty to the table as a previous first-class recruit with athleticism to burn, and this Sooner offense ought to keep rolling along in Lincoln Riley’s 2nd season as head coach. Running back Rodney Anderson is a dark horse to make a Heisman run of his own with three returning all-conference linemen in front of him, and wideout Marquise Brown has Dede Westbrook-level speed over the top. But while defense (or lack thereof) is frequently taken for given in the Big 12, this unit’s efficiency will identify Oklahoma’s ceiling in the national landscape. Having actually won 3 straight conference titles, the Sooners are the preferred in the Big 12 for a factor.
Offered the resources offered to this program, it has been impossibly frustrating to view the Longhorns indulge mediocrity for nearly a decade now. This year, nevertheless’and apologies if you have actually heard this before’could be the start of the turnaround in Austin. Tom Herman didn’t discover a real solution at quarterback last season in between Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele, and resolving that quandary is his apparent top concern. He needs to have the ability to provide it his full attention, though, provided how strong planner Todd Orlando’s defense is shaping up to be. While stars like Malik Jefferson and Poona Ford are gone, the unit as a whole really figures to enhance thanks to a strong core of veterans and a promising swimming pool of highly touted youngsters.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger nearly led a comeback upset of the Sooners last year. It took him a while to get going this season, but the rugged dual-threat is now delivering on the promise he showed last season. But the biggest reason behind the Longhorns’ turnaround is a defense that gave up just 44 combined points in wins over USC, TCU and Kansas State. The powerful Sooners scored 66 last week in a rout of Baylor, but the value is on the underdog in this bitter rivalry opposite what is bound to be a heavy public side on the chalk.