4 reasons why Texas football can dominate OU in Red River

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The game that a lot of Texas football fans were most excited to see this season is about to arrive this coming weekend when this team faces new head coach Brent Venables and the Oklahoma Sooners in the annual Red River Rivalry game. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian will face Venables and the Sooners in what looks like the most advantageous spot in a few years for them in Red River.

Texas got it done last weekend with a much-needed comfortable 38-20 win over head coach Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Oct. 1. That was the first win of Big 12 play for Sark and the Longhorns this season, which came at the right time after the tough upset loss on the road on Sep. 24 at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

It looks like Texas has a lot more momentum than Oklahoma heading into this game. Oklahoma is coming off two straight losses at the hands of the TCU Horned Frogs and Kansas State Wildcats in the last couple of weeks by a combined margin of nearly 50 points.

How Xavier Worthy and Texas football can dominate OU in Red River

Oklahoma also is pretty banged up on both sides of the ball heading into Red River this coming weekend. That won’t help the Sooners’ case

Texas’ QB depth gives this team a big boost over a banged-up OU QB room

Whether it be redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers or junior Hudson Card getting the start for Red River against Oklahoma, the Longhorns should be in good hands on offense. Texas’ offense looked good against the Mountaineers over the weekend with Card having a career game.

In a world where Card gets his fourth consecutive start in place of the injured Ewers, I would still be confident that Texas could get it done against a very injured Oklahoma team. Card managed more than 300 passing yards and three passing scores

Yet, there is a real possibility that Ewers returns from the clavicle sprain he originally suffered on Sep. 10 against the Alabama Crimson Tide when Texas faces Oklahoma on Oct. 8.

Either way, though, I like what the offense can do with Card or Ewers leading the way. Ewers can really open up this offense. But Card looked like a quarterback that is at least in the top half of the starters in the Big 12 right now. That should still be enough to get it done against Oklahoma if they look anything like they did against TCU.

What makes me so confident about Texas being able to get proficient quarterback play against Oklahoma this weekend is what the status of the Sooners’ QB room looks like at the moment. Oklahoma could be starting Davis Beville in Red River if redshirt junior quarterback Dillon Gabriel is out after suffering what looked like a concussion against TCU.

Oklahoma couldn’t move the ball to any sort of effective degree with Beville leading that offense. In fact, the only source of offense for Oklahoma after Gabriel exited the game was freshman running back Jovantae Barnes.

Maybe Oklahoma goes with another quarterback this weekend instead of Beville after he was pretty lackluster. But the fact of the matter is that the state of Texas’ quarterback room right now is eons above what Oklahoma’s looks to be ahead of Red River.