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Texas needs to run the ball effectively this weekend.
This Oklahoma defense is good. The Sooners have given up 16 points and 306 yards per game this year, good for 20th and 17th in the nation, respectively.
However, that same defense was a bit exposed in the Sooners' loss to Kansas State a few weeks ago. The Sooners allowed the Wildcats to run the ball up and down the field, giving up 213 yards rushing in the game.
To be fair, 79 of those yards came from dual-threat quarterback Collin Klein, who is a far better runner than Texas quarterback David Ash.
But the Sooners were still chewed up by Kansas State running back John Hubert, who turned his 23 carries into 130 yards and a touchdown.
The Longhorns should try to emulate that success on Saturday. Though they're not the powerhouse that Kansas State is on the ground (the Longhorns rank 28th in the nation compared to the Wildcats' 9th), Texas is still more than capable of running the ball behind their talented trio of running backs.
Joe Bergeron, Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown (should he play) have combined for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns on 156 carries and are all capable of ripping off big runs.
If the running backs run the ball effectively for Texas, it could go a long way not just in terms of moving the ball but also in helping David Ash out.
Oklahoma made Ash's life miserable last season. He's a much better quarterback than the confused freshman that the Sooners saw last year, but the Longhorns would make life a lot easier for him if they could establish a running game and not put the game completely on his shoulders.