A share and potentially sole possession of first place in the Big 12 is on the line in Dallas on Saturday when Heisman hopefuls Sam Ehlinger and Jaylen Hurts lead Texas and Oklahoma into the annual “Red River Showdown” at the Cotton Bowl.
How to Watch:
When: Saturday, Oct. 12
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Both the Longhorns (3-1) and Sooners (4-0) are 2-0 in conference play along with Baylor, who plays Texas Tech on Saturday. Either No. 11 Texas or No. 6 Oklahoma has played in the Big 12 title game every year since 1999–with the Sooners beating the Longhorns for the conference crown last year–so there is plenty at stake in this contest.
Ehlinger is trying to muscle his way into the Heisman Trophy picture and has started fast with 1,237 yards and 15 touchdown passes against only one interception. The junior went 20 of 28 for 281 yards and four TD passes, including a go-ahead 25-yard scoring toss to Cade Brewer as the Longhorns held off Oklahoma State, 36-30, last Saturday.
Ehlinger burst onto the national scene in last year’s matchup vs. the Sooners, accounting for 386 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in an electrifying dual with eventual Heisman winner Kyler Murray, as Texas hung on for a 48-45 victory.
A victory would revive Texas’ College Football Playoff hopes, which took a hit with its 45-38 defeat at home to then-No. 6 LSU. Ehlinger threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns in that game, but the Longhorns defense was shredded by Joe Burrow for 471 passing yards and 573 overall.
Hurts has the potential to inflict that kind of damage on Texas, as he has hit the ground running–and throwing–since arriving in Norman from Alabama. He has thrown for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns with only one pick and has added 443 yards and five scores running.
Hurts leads the team in rushing but has a very capable backfield partner in Trey Sermon, who has contributed 274 yards and three scores, while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Ceedee Lamb and Charleston Rambo are stretching defenses, combining to average 27.1 yards per reception with 29 catches for 787 yards and 10 TDs between them.