The Jayhawks play with a heavy heart this weekend after a high school player committed to play for Kansas collapsed in the middle of a game and later died while Baker Mayfield has suffered an injury but not a season-ending one and Lache Seastrunk continues to make a case as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.
Texas was much too conservative on offense last week, opting to throw short pass after short pass, rather than letting the ground game do its work despite the fact that Johnathan Gray capped the Longhorns' first drive with a 45-yard touchdown run. That worked against Iowa State but it won't work against Oklahoma.
Whether Tyrone Swoopes is mentioned, various fried foods are shown, tackles are missed or passes are dropped by Mike Davis, here are nine great excuses to be drinking during this year's Red River Rivalry.
Texas got the better of Oklahoma early on in the Red River Rivalry series but the Sooners have recent winning streaks over the Longhorns of five games (2000-04) and three games (2011-present). The Longhorns will be looking to snap that second streak Saturday.
Missouri has quietly gone undefeated so far this year and gets its toughest test yet against an Aaron Murray-led Georgia team this week while LSU hosts Florida and Johnny Manziel looks to continue another impressive season in Oxford against Ole Miss.
Texas has been up and down this year, trouncing New Mexico State in its season opener before non-conference losses to BYU and Ole Miss and winning its first two games in Big 12 play over Kansas State and Iowa State.
Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson cited defensive line play as one of the areas he has seen the most improvement in since he joined the team last month. Cedric Reed, who batted down a Sam Richardson pass that fellow defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat picked off to seal Texas' win over Iowa State, is a big reason why Robinson feels that way.
The seniors on the football team aren't the only ones that will be hurting if the Longhorns suffer their fourth consecutive loss to Oklahoma. There are many students in their fourth year at Texas in danger of never seeing their Longhorns beat the Sooners.