With both teams ranked heading into the Red River Rivalry for the first time since 2012, Saturday’s matchup between Texas and Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl has all the ingredients for another classic edition in a historic rivalry. A win on Saturday will propel either team in prime position in the Big 12 title race. Here are four Sooners who will be pivotal difference makers in deciding who leaves Dallas with the significant victory.
Editor’s Note: In the spirit of the University of Texas’ friendly rivalry with the University of Oklahoma, the editorial boards of The Daily Texan and The Oklahoma Daily have exchanged editorials. Read The Daily Texan editorial here.
As Texas and Oklahoma meet in the Red River Rivalry for the 113th time on Saturday, the two programs are both ranked for the first time since 2012, giving this game huge implications for the Big 12 title race. Whichever team leaves Dallas with a victory will undoubtedly sit atop the conference rankings and jump multiple other teams in the AP Top 25 Poll.
Following Bob Stoops’ departure in 2017, the Oklahoma Sooners promoted Lincoln Riley, their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, to head coach. Although Riley would become the youngest head coach in FBS football, he would also inherit prolific talent perfectly suited for his diverse offensive scheme.
Texas is beginning to make some noise within the Big 12 after locking up their fourth consecutive victory against Kansas State on Saturday. And for the third straight week, the conference honored a Longhorn for their performance on the field.
For the first time since 2012, the Longhorns and Sooners will face off as ranked opponents at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Head coach Tom Herman addressed the media on Monday ahead of the blockbuster matchup.
As Kansas State cut into Texas’ two-score lead late in the fourth quarter, the situation looked all too familiar for the Longhorns. They had been here before in Week One, which resulted in a loss to Maryland. This time around, things would go differently.