The No. 7 Texas Longhorns have had a clear mission all year — compete for championships.
This is their first chance at fulfilling that mission under Steve Sarkisian, squaring off against the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys in an effort to claim the title in their last year in the league. It is a bit poetic for Texas, having won the conference title in the first year of the league to have a chance to close that chapter by hoisting the title yet again.
Standing in their way is a familiar foe, and one that has frankly owned the matchup since the last time Texas hoisted the trophy in 2009. If Sarkisian and his team can overcome the challenge that is Mike Gundy coaching against Texas, he will not only become the first coach to win a conference championship for the Longhorns since Mack Brown, but it will be the earliest a coach has claimed a conference title since John Mackovick won the Southwest Conference title in 1994, also his third year on the Forty Acres.
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I was a bit concerned at first to see Ohio State ahead of Texas, but going off the past, the Longhorns should climb ahead of the Buckeyes. Either way, I think the committee has fumbled the bag with these rankings. It should be the four best teams in the country, not the four most deserving teams. Sorry Florida State, without Jordan Travis, you are NOT one of the four best teams in the country.
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- Ollie Gordon leads Pokes against the Longhorns vaunted run defense
With the fourth-best run defense in the nation that has shut down opposing offenses to an average of 85 rushing yards per game, Texas is matching up against the nation’s best running back in Ollie Gordon, who lead the country with 1,580 rushing yards this season.
- Junior RB Jonathon Brooks (knee) — out for the season
- Sophomore NB Austin Jordan (undisclosed) — out
- Senior CB Ryan Watts (back) — questionable
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
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