By now you probably know the Sooners pretty well from our last tussle in Dallas and from watching them eke out flag football wins over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Las Vegas currently favors them by 8 with a 78 point over/under, so you’re looking at an implied score of 43-35 for the forces of darkness over the army of light.
The Kansas game was weird for several reasons and dwelling on it excessively isn’t very useful, but a few top line observations:
I’m leading with our “special” teams because it’s important you eat your vegetables, even during the holidays.
No one needs reminding of what’s at stake in Lawrence on Friday for the Longhorn program.
The Texas offense got into it Saturday night against the league’s most proven defense. The Longhorns drove for touchdowns of 80 and 94 yards in the first and third possessions of the game and followed that with a pair of chip shot field goal attempts, one missed, one made, the make at the end of a 75 yard drive.
What a difference a week makes. The best defensive performance of the year couldn’t have come at a better time.
Iowa State has had two seasons in one year.
Texas Tech QB Jett Duffey wins the prestigious Fitzpatrick/Winston Award for the Most Outstanding Offensive Production Paired With Multiple Boneheaded Turnovers In The Red Zone. The preseason 3rd string QB for the Red Raiders amassed 524 yards of offense (444 throwing, 80 rushing) while also coughing up the ball three times deep inside the Texas Longhorn 19 yard line.
The Longhorns put up 41 points in Lubbock despite surrendering a season worst 5 sacks; Sam Ehlinger set the Big 12 record for consecutive attempts without an interception, further cementing himself as a damn good Longhorn QB and a bona fide winner who has grown more than any player in the program; the staff offset a couple of uninspired second half booth series with some terrific play calls and big picture decisions; and LJH and Duvernay combined for four touchdowns catches, mercilessly exploiting IT’s pre-game identified weakness of Tech’s cornerback play.
The 5-4 Red Raiders have had a competitive season (their three Big 12 losses are all by 9 points or less to ISU, OU and WVU and their non conference opening loss to Ole Miss was when Bowman was still a pup) peppered with some bad streaks of injury luck. Texas represents an opportunity for them to secure bowl eligibility and for Kliff Kingsbury to secure yet another job security win over Texas.