Sweet, sweet football. The first weekend of practice wrapped up on Sunday. It was about fun. “That was fun, that was a lot of fun,” Herman said. ”I think our coaches had and I think our players have had the most fun that we’ve had on the practice field since we’ve been here.”
It’s a never-ending quest. Once again, Texas has a QB battle. “As a true freshman, Ehlinger showed promise last year, going toe-to-toe with the likes of Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield, who both went top three in the NFL draft. Still, Ehlinger was derailed by catastrophic late-game turnovers that cost Texas games to USC, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.”
This is a good problem to have. Herman has multiple options at wide receiver so he might as well use them all. “It is a conversation every day in the offensive staff room,” Herman said. “There’s only so many pass plays in a game, if we’re talking about the receivers. You’re going to see, I would imagine, quite a few relievers play, which is great, and I would imagine they’ll be fresh.”
Phil Steele doesn’t believe the Sooners are 12-point favorites. “The early polls had Oklahoma as the clear-cut favorite to win the Big 12, while Texas is coming off a 7-6 season. Based on last year’s final power ratings, the Sooners opened as a 12-point favorite. However, I have Texas tied for first in the Big 12 projections. My plus/minus power ratings have Oklahoma six points better, and this is at a neutral site. There has been a seven-point line move, and I look for this number to continue its downward trend as low as three.”
Your pre-season ranking doesn’t matter. All that matters is where you end up.
DKR is getting a makeover. “The school will raise $125 million of the total cost through gifts, according to UT documents. Pledges totaling $30 million have already been obtained. The final $50 million will be financed through debt markets and repaid from “premium seating and ticket sales.”