No. 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Texas Longhorns (1-2, 0-0 Big 12)
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CT
The Series: Texas leads 24-5 and won last year’s meeting in Stillwater, 28-7
THREE AREAS TO IMPROVE (Taylor Gaspar)
After a heartbreaking loss to Cal, Texas needs to put the past in the past and be prepared to take on No. 24 Oklahoma State. The loss to Cal was not all that bad. The Longhorns appear to have the quarterback of the future, and Jerrod Heard makes the offense so much better than before. Here are three things Texas needs to improve upon when it takes the field against Oklahoma State this Saturday.
1. Offensive playmaker needs to step up: Everyone is talking about the phenomenal, record-breaking performance Heard put up against Cal, and he deserves the praise he has received. But he needs to have another weapon on offense. He looked like superman against the Bears but the team cannot solely rely on him to carry the offensive load.
2. Defensive line has to step it up: The defense has struggled throughout the first quarter of the season, and it needs to stop in conference play. The Longhorns are going to be facing some tough offensive opponents that the defense will have to make one-dimensional. The defensive line has to pressure Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and get him off of his game.
3. Get off the field on 3rd down: Texas went into the Cal game ranked dead last in 3rd down defense. The Longhorns have since moved up to second to last in this category. But baby steps are not good enough. The defense needs to get off the field on third down and get the ball back in the hands of Heard and the offense.