ESPN’s Heather Dinich didn’t exactly put the Oklahoma Sooners on upset alert, but she didn’t exactly pick them to win either.
The Sooners have a lot of injuries coming into this weekend’s matchup with Texas. Abdul Adams and CeeDee Lamb could play against the Longhorns, but they definitely won’t be up to full speed when they do. Mark Andrews has sustained an injury already this season, but appears to be back to full health.
The key to Saturday’s matchup with the Longhorns is how Baker Mayfield performs against an opportunistic secondary. Oklahoma’s offensive skill position players are banged up, but Mayfield’s experience in big games is the Sooners’ gain in this regard. He brings stability to that offense, and he’ll need to make more than a few plays.
Texas has some solid wide receivers, but youth at quarterback and a questionable offensive line means that with a good pass rush, Oklahoma should be set on defense despite its secondary struggles. It’s that simple — if you can rattle the Texas quarterback, you should be able to limit the Longhorns to a point total you can beat.
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