Texas has bounced back since consecutive losses to BYU and Ole Miss, but the Longhorns have a grand test against No. 12 Oklahoma on Saturday in Dallas.
Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) survived against TCU last week, 20-17. The Sooners lost the turnover battle, but also allowed only 210 total yards.
Texas has won two straight, against Kansas State and Iowa State. The 31-30 victory over Iowa State last week was a thriller. The Longhorns defense allowed 463 total yards, but also won the turnover battle. They also held the Cyclones to a critical field goal down the stretch.
Let's take a look at the Big 12 clash on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Tex.
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Oklahoma -12
Oklahoma Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: DE Corey Nelson (Pectoral)
Questionable: DT Jordan Phillips (Undisclosed), S Julian Wilson (Leg), QB Kendal Thompson (Foot)
Texas Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: CB Sheroid Evans (Knee), QB David Ash (Concussion)
Questionable: OT Josh Cochran (Shoulder), S Kevin Vaccaro (Ankle), TE Miles Onyegbule (Leg), LB Deoundrei Davis (Knee), LB Demarco Cobbs (Knee), WR Bryant Jackson (Foot)
Top Storyline: Texas' Defense Continues to Underwhelm
Mack Brown fired Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator after the game against BYU, then Texas allowed 44 points to Ole Miss under Greg Robinson. Either both Diaz and Robinson aren't qualified for the job, or it's a matter of personnel on the field.
While the Longhorns still surrendered a lot of yardage in the past two wins, it is worth noting that they have forced a combined six turnovers. They held Iowa State to a field goal inside four minutes to play last week, then came up with an interception on the Cyclones' final drive of the game.
In that sense, it's fair to say there has been an improvement on the defensive side of the ball under Robinson, but that's not saying Texas is all of a sudden a defensive powerhouse. Far from it.
The Longhorns have been abysmal against the run this season. Unfortunately for them, they now face an Oklahoma offense based on the running game. The defense better be ready.
Prediction: Oklahoma 38, Texas 21
Who will win on Saturday?
Behind senior running back Brennan Clay, dual-threat quarterback Blake Bell and senior Damien Williams, the Sooners rank No. 20 in the nation in yards per carry this season.
On the flip side, the Longhorns rank No. 110 in the country in yards allowed per carry. That includes allowing Iowa State junior Aaron Wimberly to rush for 117 yards and a touchdown last week.
That's a recipe for disaster.
On top of that, the Sooners have a formidable defense, ranked sixth in the nation in points allowed per game. They allowed 21 points to Notre Dame in Indiana on Sept. 28.
Nothing about Texas right now suggests the Longhorns will pull off a shocker. Oklahoma improves to 6-0 in Dallas.