It’s Tuesday October 2nd, 2018 and…….OU STILL SUCKS!!!
Ladies and gentlemen, it is OU HATE WEEK. Quite possibly my favorite/anticipated week every single football season. Let’s be honest, it really doesn’t matter what the record is when these two teams play. The simple hatred and rivalry between these two programs is inexplicable.
But I won’t lie to you about the importance of both being ranked in the Top-25 for the first time in this matchup since 2012.
This is going to be a fun week leading up to it, the anxiety and excitement that I’m feeling currently for this weekend is off the charts. To add to all the excitement, Lee Corso and the gang are making their way to The State Fair of Texas for College Gameday for the first time since 2011. I predicted that OU would be 5-0 and Texas would be 4-1 going into this weekend, yes it may have happened differently than I expected but the records are both where I have expected.
Now to go back to the events of last weekend in Manhattan before I go into too much detail of the OU/UT game.
THE CURSE HAS BEEN BROKEN.
For the first time since I didn’t know how to write in cursive we beat Kansas State in Manhattan. I don’t care what the score shows, I don’t care what the stat sheet says, I only care that we got a victory. There is no such things as moral victories anymore (unless you’re an Aggie…lol)
It’s time for UT to put up or shut up, I know that’s rather harsh but if we want to continue this revolution that’s happening then it needs to end with the Longhorns bringing The Golden Hat back to Austin.
3 keys to victory in Manhattan :
1. Defense. This defense was in pure domination mode for the first 30 minutes of this game. Guys like Omenihu and Hager finally asserted their way and power at the LOS. Hager got that first sack off his back and was a big menace in stopping the run game. Omenihu probably played his best game in a Longhorn uniform since stepping on The 40 Acres. We struggled quite a bit (I use that term lightly) whenever there was the QB change. This may have been a change of pace/scheme that we weren’t simply able to make the change quick enough. Whenever we needed big stops and big plays it looks like our “dudes” were able to make them.
2. Offense. For the 4th week in a row, we’ve been able to finish in the Victory Formation and that’s such a huge step and great feeling for the team and the fanbase. I feel like I keep saying this over and over, but Sam Ehlinger. He is really blossoming into the playmaker that we need. With the capability of Ehlinger being able to successfully run that RPO/Zone Read play with either Ingram/Watson is such a vital part of our success on that side of the ball. The ability to establish the run is the most important part of any success that we have on the offensive side of the ball. There won’t be big games from Johnson, Humphrey or any other WR’s if we don’t establish that run game. We aren’t that type of Air Raid sling the pigskin around football team, and I think we’re starting to understand our strengths. 3rd down success was another vital part of success, the 8-14 clip was one of the best that we’ve had in the past. We will need to continue to improve that mark and keep it in that area in order for us to keep this offense growing. But my last part/point to make for this is that I finally believe that Keontay Ingram is ready to be THE GUY at the RB position. Feed that man the football and let’s keep this train rolling.
3. Special Teams. Probably Ryan Bujecvski’s best game in a Longhorn uniform also. Only punting the ball 3 times and 2 of them being down Inside The 20 is a huge part of flipping the field and keep Field Position in our favor. Cameron Dicker once again missed a FG outside of 45 yards, but I don’t see the panic mode from him quite yet. He’s still OUR guy as the Kicker position and will be for the next 4 years. Let the kid grow and flourish. Bold prediction : Cameron Dicker his a Game-Winning FG at some point this season. And the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week : D’Shawn Jamison. This kid is going to be special, he finally showed that burst of speed and moves that we’ve been hearing about all summer/fall. The ability for a player to change the game with a Special Teams Return is so important and if he can be that guy for the years to come then I’m super excited.
Texas Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) vs Oklahoma Sooners (5-0, 2-0) @ The Cotton Bowl in Dallas
October 6th, 2018 @ 11am CST
This is going to be one of the toughest predictions I’m going to have to make this year. I personally believe that UT can beat OU, and this year it’s not just me being extremely biased and a fan with blinders on. The talent and ability on this UT team can definitely beat OU, ONLY if we play a game with very minimal errors (both mental and physical).
We need the defense to continue it’s torrid start in the run game and make OU be one-dimensional. Even though that one-dimension is still one of the best in the game with a game like Kyler Murray back there. We need the young guys to not get too overwhelmed with the atmosphere and for the older guys/captains to show the way and how it’s done in this game. This is the game for Boyd, Davis, Hager, Omenihu to definitely show how great they can be.
Offensively, we need to continue to control the Time of Possession and LOS battles in order to be in a position to win this game. We need Ingram to run for 100+ yards and also Sam to continue his streak of 0 interceptions in last 4 games. Either way this is going to be a fun and action packed game.