The No. 21 Texas Longhorns continue to try and prove that they are on the right track under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, potentially facing their toughest test yet as they take on the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl.
Oklahoma has not looked like the OU of recent memory, struggling to get things done on the offensive side of the ball, while still managing to stay blemishless through their first five games of the season. Primarily led by their defense, the Sooners have shown a penchant to do just enough to pull out wins in the last few weeks. However, just like the Longhorns - this will be the most talented team they have faced thus far in 2021.
The Longhorns have an opportunity not just to legitimize their march back to national relevance but to show that the culture has finally shifted after some of the latest struggles.
“Cookie’s been playing great all year,” Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said after the TCU win. “We knew coming into the season that position was going to be one of, what’s going to happen at our Star? And Anthony has stepped up, and in my opinion, he’s continued to play better week in and week out.”
- Watch: Steve Sarkisian’s weekly press conference
- Longhorn Republic Podcast: Previewing the Red River Showdown
- Freshman WR Jaden Alexis (knee) — out
- RS Freshman WR Troy Omeire (knee) — out
- Sophomore TE Brayden Liebrock (shoulder) — out
- Senior CB Josh Thompson (concussion) — out
- Freshman CB Ishmael Ibraheem (knee) — out
- Senior OL Denzel Okafor (knee) — out
How to Watch:
Time: 11:00 a.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Odds: The Sooners are a three-point favorite at DraftKings. Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
Weather: 81 degrees and sunny at kickoff.