- Did you know that OU’s leading passer in 2013 is now a tight end? Blake Bell, who wracked up 1,468 yards and 12 TDs, was moved there in favor of sophomore Trevor Knight. Last year, Knight had 819 yards passing, with 348 coming in a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama.
- Did you know that the Sooners have four impact players that might not see the field this fall? Texas Tech blocked the transfer of Baker Mayfield, making the QB of Lake Travis ineligible for 2014. Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once the nation’s top recruit, must sit out after transferring from Missouri. Linebacker Frank Shannon, OU’s leading tackler in 2013, is suspended for the entire season for a Title IX sexual assault allegation. Five-star freshman running back Joe Mixon was charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from an incident in which he’s accused of punching a woman in the face. Mixon has been suspended all preseason. Mayfield and Green-Beckham have filed appeals with the NCAA.
- Did you know that by the time this game rolls around on Oct. 11, the Sooners will not have played in Norman in nearly a month? OU hosts Tennessee on Sept. 13 before hitting the road to play West Virginia and TCU. Sandwiched between the road trips is a bye week.
We’re spending these next six days examining Texas’ 2014 schedule. We’ve already done Texas-North Texas, Texas-BYU, Texas-UCLA, Texas-Kansas, and Texas-Baylor.
Game 6: Oct. 11
TEXAS VS. OKLAHOMA
We’ve reached the midway point of the season. Worst case scenario, Texas is 2-3 entering this match up. Best case? 6-0, we suppose, but it’s hard to see the ‘Horns escaping UCLA AND Baylor. Ranked third in the preseason coaches poll, OU is Texas’ third top 10 opponent. Already.
OU’s two-touchdown Sugar Bowl win over Alabama served as a nice sling shot into the offseason. Everyone is talking about the Sooners winning the Big 12 title, forgetting that defending champion Baylor returns a whole bunch of talent. Key to OU’s success is the QB Knight, who was inconsistent for much of 2013. Burnished in fans’ minds is his 348-yard, four-TD performance in the Sugar Bowl.
Last year, Texas’ most improbable win of the season knocked 5-0 Oklahoma from the ranks of the unbeatens. Case McCoy threw touchdowns to Marcus Johnson (59 yards) and Mike Davis (38 yards) to highlight a 36-20 mid-October romp. Defensive lineman Chris Whaley and punt returner Daje Johnson scored non-offensive touchdowns, and Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray each cleared 100 yards running.
Texas vs. Oklahoma: FYI
Storylines: (1) It’s the first battle between Charlie Strong and Bob Stoops in this classic Big 12 rivalry. Strong and Stoops both were Florida defensive coordinators once upon a time. (2) The Red River Rivalry no longer. We’re now to refer to it as The Red River Showdown. Whatever. (3) For the second year in a row, Stoops is eying his 10th win over Texas. He’s 9-6.
All-time series: UT leads, 60-43-5
Last time: UT, 36-20 (2013)
Last year: Texas was 8-5, 7-2 in conference, and 1-1 at neutral sites (win over Oklahoma; loss to Oregon). OU was 11-2, 7-2 in conference, and 1-1 at neutral sites (win over Alabama; loss to Texas).
Vegas says: OU by 9
Tomorrow’s game breakdown: Iowa State
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