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Game preview: Longhorns look to rattle Sooners in big Red River Rivalry game
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The Longhorns season has already hit a speed bump coming in the form of a 33-31 loss to unranked Texas Christian University last Saturday. This Saturday's Oklahoma University game, taking place in Dallas, could possibly be the biggest game of the season for the Longhorns and one of the most anticipated Red River Rivalry games in recent memory.


The No. 22 ranked Longhorns are coming into the matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners in a difficult position. On one hand, Texas has averaged 51 points in their first three games—the most in the Sam Ehlinger era. On the other hand, the overtime win against a less talented Texas Tech team and the two-point loss last week against TCU makes Longhorns fans very anxious for this season's Cotton Bowl matchup against the Sooners.

The Sooners, winners of four of the last five meetings, come into the game almost as anxious with a losing streak not seen since 1999. This is also the first time they are unranked since 2014. Losses to Kansas State and Iowa State by a combined 10 points leaves OU fans looking at the match up against Texas as the catalyst to restart their season.

Texas fans can be on the lookout for Spencer Rattler, the redshirt freshmen who takes the touch as the next great Oklahoma quarterback. Longhorns Head Coach Tom Herman praised the young quarterback in his Big 12 media teleconference earlier this week.

"I'm really impressed for a guy that, you know, is just taking over the starting role, he's got a great command of the offense," Herman said. "Can make plays with his feet, phenomenal thrower of the football, very quick release, very accurate, strong arm can throw from multiple different arm angles. So kind of the total package, if you will."

This Cotton Bowl will be unlike any other game in the historic venue with only 25% stadium capacity. Based on seating capacity, both schools will likely get around 10,000 tickets each to their respective fan bases.

For the Longhorns to win this game, it will take players like junior linebacker Joseph Ossai to contain Rattler. Since 2000, Oklahoma has lost the game before playing in the rivalry three times, and every time they have gone on to beat Texas.

As for the Texas offense, Sam Ehlinger continues to climb in the Longhorn history books. In his three previous games playing in the Cotton Bowl, Ehlinger has averaged over 300 yards passing. Even though Ehlinger has racked up the stats, he hasn't been able to get over the hump and beat Oklahoma in his past three tries, including a Big 12 Championship loss. Longhorns quarterbacks are judged on two things: national championships and the times they've beaten OU.

The Texas Gov. Greg Abbott feels confident in the Longhorns this weekend, betting a full plate of Texas BBQ after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt went on Twitter to tell Oklahoma and Texas fans alike that he would be willing to bet a plate of Oklahoma prime rib eye. When these two teams play, everyone gets involved.


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