OU v. Texas game preview


Lucas Ortiz, Staff Member

The pageantry of rivalry games is something cherished in history, such as the Army-Navy game or the Iron Bowl of Auburn versus Alabama, but little matches the fiery matchup between the states whose border is the Red River.

Oklahoma and Texas have played each other for a century, and the passion for a game already so beautiful has never been encompassed more than inside the walls of the Cotton Bowl on an early Saturday afternoon in October. This year’s game is one that matters, as is every year’s game.  The winner of this game has often earned the winning team a seat in the Big 12 championship, and often a spot in the top 10 of the AP poll. With star-studded offenses on both teams and defenses that do need help, this game is turning out to be an instant classic to remember for years.

   Statistically, the Sooners have the edge, but Texas’ offense can produce some big plays.  With Sam Ehlinger under center for the Horns, averaging 7 yards a play, be sure to keep an eye on him to open up some big opportunities for Texas. The Sooners defense has not been very productive, with average pass and rush yards allowed within the hundreds, and their 3rd down defense is 99th in the nation, allowing 6.3 yards per 3rd down. Impact players to watch on the Sooner defense are Kenneth Murray Jr, who recently vs Army broke the single-game school tackle record with 28.  Murray is an attacker up front and will be a major factor whenever Mike Stoops chooses to send in a backer blitz. He makes the QB hurry out of the pocket with his rushes, and with defensive linemen, Neville Gallimore and Kenneth Mann adding pressure with the backers rushing will sure make a fun matchup to watch.

   Offensively, the Sooners have the edge, with Heisman hopeful Kyler Murray. Murray has thrown for 1,460 yards and 17 touchdowns in only 5 games and is averaging 17 yards a throw. A major loss to the Sooner team is redshirt Junior running back Rodney Anderson, who suffered a knee injury in the second game of the season. Although Anderson is out for the season, star sophomore Tre Sermon has filled the shoes, as well as senior Marcelia Sutton and freshmen Kennedy Brooks and T.J Pledger, who were top of their class for the position they were in.  Running has not been the most productive thing for this offense, but passing is the main threat with Murray behind center. Sermon has put some numbers up, rushing for 294 yards already on 55 carries, and is averaging 5 yards a run. Texas does have some power to match on defense though, only allowing 19 points per game on an average against opponents, including TCU and USC to name a couple. Key returning player Charles Omenihu has put some numbers up on the season, including 11 solo tackles and 4 tackles for loss in just 5 games.

   This game has been a famous one to watch for over a century now, and this one has high stakes.