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
FIVE LONGHORNS TO WATCH (William Wilkerson)
1. Jerrod Heard, quarterback – Everyone is going to have eyes on the young buck to see what he can do after accumulating 527 yards of total offense against Cal a week ago. It won’t be nearly as easy as it was last week as OSU ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense, tackles for loss, sacks, and turnovers gained.
2. Connor Williams / Kent Perkins, offensive linemen – Texas’ bookends are going to probably both have their hands full with Pokes junior defensive end and All-America candidate Emmanuel Ogbah. How will they hold up?
3. Johnathan Gray, running back – Jay Norvell did a nice job of getting Gray involved early against Cal, but everyone is still waiting on the senior RB to have a breakout game. Will this be it? Look for him to be involved in the passing game even more than he was last week.
4. Jason Hall / Dylan Haines, safeties – Hall should be good to go after suffering a shoulder injury early on against Cal that cost him most of the game, and Haines will be back after being ejected in the first quarter last week for targeting. Both are going to have to play well for Texas to have a chance in this one. UT simply can’t keep giving up big plays. OSU QB Mason Rudolph is going to take his chances. So far this season he ranks third nationally with seven 40-plus yard completions
5. Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle – The run game has to get better. In order for it to Ridgeway has to play better. He’s had his moments but has largely been underwhelming this season, which is supposed to be a breakout campaign for the junior. OSU rushed for 217 yards last week led by JUCO transfer Chris Carson. Cal gashed UT up the middle last week, just as Rice and Notre Dame did in the weeks prior. Ridgeway needs to lead the charge and make sure that’s not the case this week.
OKLAHOMA STATE OFFENSIVE PLAYER TO KNOW (William Wilkerson)
David Glidden, wide receiver – He’s been fantastic for the Pokes so far, leading the team in every major receiving category including receiving yards (283), all-purpose yards (283), receptions (12), receiving touchdowns and yards per reception. He also leads the Cowboys with six explosive plays (gains of 20 yards or longer). Mason Rudolph will look for him early and often.
COWBOYS DEFENSIVE PLAYER TO KNOW (William Wilkerson)
Emmanuel Ogbah, defensive end – This is the guy that Texas needs to keep away from Heard at all costs. He is third in the Big 12 and 15th nationally with 1.17 sacks per game, and also has six quarterback hurries. He’s recorded at least one sack in 9 of his last 11 games, and at least one in each game this season.