4 reasons why Texas football can dominate OU in Red River

Quinn Ewers, Texas football
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OU’s secondary is depleted and could give up yards in bunches to Xavier Worthy and Ja’Tavion Sanders

The two most potent weapons in the passing game for the Longhorns last weekend proved to be star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy and breakout sophomore tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders. Worthy got back to his old ways last weekend in the win over West Virginia, coming up with seven catches for nearly 120 receiving yards and two touchdown catches.

Sanders was also great for Texas, reeling in just shy of 80 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Mountaineers.

And with what we saw from the Oklahoma secondary against TCU, this group could be in trouble against Worthy in the deep passing game. That will definitely be the case if Ewers is healthy and Texas can really open up the playbook against the Sooners.

There is one key potential absence that could really be a detriment to Oklahoma than any other in the secondary on Oct. 8.

The injury to sophomore safety Billy Bowman could wind up hurting the Sooners more than any others in the secondary moving forward, depending on what his timeline looks like. Bowman proved to be a really critical part of the secondary after he exited the game with a lower-body injury against TCU.

Oklahoma started to bust a few coverages after Bowman left the game, leading to the Sooners giving up three passing touchdowns and more than 150 passing yards to Max Duggan and the Horned Frogs on deep balls on Oct. 1.

If Bowman is out for Oklahoma this weekend for Red River, Texas could have a field day with what they bring to the table with the duo of Worthy and Sanders. The same could be said for the likes of Bijan and redshirt junior running back Keilan Robinson in the passing game along with redshirt junior wide receiver Jordan Whittington.

According to CFB Stats, Oklahoma now sits in a tie in the bottom three in the FBS this season with five plays allowed of at least 50 yards. After having a solid start to the season on defense during the non-conference schedule, this Oklahoma secondary all of a sudden looks to be extremely vulnerable.

This will give Worthy a shot to have another huge weekend after posting his best performance of the season against West Virginia.