Texas vs. Oklahoma: 5 Keys for the Longhorns' Defense

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Texas vs. Oklahoma: 5 Keys for the Longhorns' Defense
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Containing the Oklahoma receivers is one of many keys to the Texas defense rebounding in the Red River Rivalry.

The Texas Longhorns enter their bye week with a 2-2 record and a whole lot to figure out on defense. Namely, figuring out how to beat the Oklahoma Sooners on Oct. 12.

Despite handily beating the Kansas State Wildcats 31-21, the Longhorns are still a far cry from being even an average defensive team.

This is still a group that has given up over 1,000 rushing yards and is allowing 28 points per contest through four games. And that was before leading tackler Jordan Hicks was lost for the season with an Achilles tear.

If there is one game to get it right, it is the Oklahoma game that is now almost two weeks away. Redemption is simply a must at this point after giving up 1,130 yards and 118 points in the past two Red River Rivalries.

Winning this game starts with forcing an inexperienced quarterback out of his comfort zone and ends with playing sound, simple defense. With that, maybe Texas can make the statement it has needed the past three years.

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