Texas’ annual game versus Oklahoma serves as a measuring stick for both teams. It shows where the two programs are in relation to one another, and can often give a glimpse of where either program is struggling or lacking.
Entering Texas’ game against Oklahoma, questions existed about the Sooner defense under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. UCLA, South Dakota, and even Texas Tech didn’t have the talent of the Longhorn offense. The common inquiry was what would happen when the Sooner defense faced an offense composed of talented players? On Saturday, they answered those questions with nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and a defensive effort that led the Sooners to a 34-27 victory.
Across college football, there is no true analog for the atmosphere in the Cotton Bowl during the Red River Shootout. In addition, nothing during the regular season can compare to the crowd reaction created when one team scores on the side of the stadium filled by opposing fans.
When freshman defensive tackle Keondre Coburn signed with Texas in February 2018, he made a promise on social media that he and the other members of Texas’ 2018 class would “beat OU and the rest of them.” Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t appreciate Coburn’s guarantee.
Why is college football so special, so passion-driven, and held so dearly by millions of people around the country? Why is it unique to the United States? Why, in spite of any differences people may have individually, does it bring so many together year after year, season after season, week after week, game after game? Your answer is in Dallas this Saturday.
MORGANTOWN, WV -- Through one quarter, it was 7-7. After the first half, Texas led 21-14. The Longhorn offense didn’t look pretty, but the defense held its own over the first 30 minutes. After halftime, Todd Orlando’s side of the ball continued to pace the way, and the Longhorn offense finally caught up.