OU vs. Texas Preview Special Part V

Sooners Illustrated further examines this weekend's Red River Rivalry Game between OU and Texas.

The Matchup:

For just the second time in the past six seasons, OU heads into the annual contest at the Cotton Bowl undefeated. For just the third time in the past seven seasons, Texas doesn't come into the game undefeated. The Sooners have won three of their four games by one possession or less, the most recent of which was a 31-29 squeaker at Cincinnati, on their way to a 4-0 start. The Longhorns, on the other hand, are 3-1 after dropping a 34-12 decision to the UCLA Bruins last week in Austin.

OU players to watch:

1. RB DeMarco Murray--Through four games, Murray is averaging 109 yards per game on the ground, as he has racked up 436 yards and seven touchdowns to this point. Murray is the team leader in scoring with 48 points and all purpose yards and yards per game, with 657 and 164.2, respectively. OU can use him in multiple ways, including in the rushing and aerial attack, as well as the kickoff return game.

2. LB Tom Wort--He came under criticism after last weekend's performance against Cincinnati, where fans were upset with some of his inconsistencies, although he was solid in recording three tackles. But linebacker Travis Lewis backed him, saying he's a redshirt freshman and is allowed to make mistakes. It will be interesting to see how he responds after all that.

OU will win if: They get pressure on UT quarterback Garrett Gilbert. His inexperience and the fact that he hasn't played a single snap in the Red River Rivalry are reasons why flustering him early will pay huge dividends and wreck the Longhorns' chance to compete in this game.

Texas players to watch:

1. QB Garrett Gilbert--He was poor in last week's loss against UCLA, tossing several picks, and he can't afford to do that again. A less-than-impressive Sooner defense to this point has been able to capitalize off one thing, and that's turnovers. If Gilbert has a repeat performance, this one won't be close.

2. DE Sam Acho--This guy could be a thorn in quarterback Landry Jones' side if the big guys up front don't protect him. So far, Acho already has three sacks and six tackles for loss along with four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. The offensive line must keep him from breaking down the pocket.

Texas will win if: They can generate some offense. That hasn't happened thus far, as the Longhorns rank 77th in the FBS with 356.8 total yards per game. OU's defense has allowed plenty of yards in its first four games, and Texas must move the ball to keep it off balance.

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