Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners Game Preview

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Lincoln Riley’s ability to produce elite quarterbacks continues, and his latest faces his toughest test yet. The Oklahoma Sooners offense continues to produce points at a blistering pace, but haven’t faced any competition that can keep up with them. Texas provides their first real challenge of the 2019 season. Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts continues the trend of elite Oklahoma quarterbacks, but what will he do against tougher competition? History tells us he’ll be just find. The Texas Longhorns know they can beat elite competition, but they need to slow down Oklahoma’s offense.

Date: Saturday, October 12th
Start time: 11:00am CT
How to watch: FOX
Line: Oklahoma -10.5
Location: Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)


Oklahoma Sooners players to watch

QB Jalen Hurts
WR Charleston Rambo
WR CeeDee Lamb
LB Kenneth Murray

Texas Longhorns players to watch

QB Sam Ehlinger
RB Roschan Johnson
WR Devin DuVernay
LB Joseph Ossai

Oklahoma Sooners keys to the game

  • Attack the secondary
  • Jump on Texas early
  • Wrap up

Texas Longhorns keys to the game

  • Keep play in front of them
  • Hang on defensively
  • Limit turnovers

Why the Oklahoma Sooners win

The Sooners have won seven of the last ten matchups, and they enter as the more talented team once again. Texas’ defensive secondary endured a number of injuries, so the Sooners will look to attack fresh faces often. If they can jump out to an early lead by taking deep shots, Texas might fold. Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb, and Charleston Rambo all struggled last week against Kansas, but should bounce back against the Longhorns. Defensively, they must wrap up. Sam Ehlinger’s tough to tackle, but has also improved as a passer. Wherever the ball ends up, the Sooners must wrap up and limit the Longhorns big plays.

Why the Texas Longhorns win

They win if their fresh faces in the secondary step up in a big way. It’s a rivalry game that should be close, but Oklahoma’s offense can explode at any moment. Texas needs to hang on and keep Rambo and Lamb in front of them. Jalen Hurts can hurt the Longhorns in a number of ways, so keeping him contained will go a long way towards a Texas win. Ehlinger gets another chance to perform on a big stage, and he did well last time. LSU’s defense struggled to stop the Longhorns, and Oklahoma’s defense isn’t on the same level as the Tigers. If Texas needs to win a shootout, we’ve seen they’re capable of doing it.

Prediction

Texas can win big games, but can they keep up with Oklahoma’s offense? Keeping up with LSU is one thing, but taking on the Sooners offense is another story. The Longhorns depleted secondary could be a long term issue, but it should still be a close game. OKLAHOMA 48 TEXAS 42

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