Texas football vs. OU: 4 bold predictions for an unpredictable Red River

Xavier Worthy, Texas football
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Bijan Robinson rushes for more than 200 yards for the first time this season

The Longhorns player that I believe could be in for the biggest game of the weekend against a regressing Oklahoma defense is star junior running back Bijan Robinson. Oklahoma’s run defense was completely lacking in each of the last two games. And the abundance of injuries of late for the Sooners definitely didn’t help in this regard.

In the last two games combined, Oklahoma has allowed more than 630 rushing yards, roughly seven yards per carry, and a whopping nine rushing scores.

TCU really demolished the Oklahoma run defense last weekend to the tune of more than 330 rushing yards, nearly nine yards per carry, and five rushing touchdowns.

Given the success that both Kansas State and TCU found on the ground against Oklahoma’s defense in the last two weeks, it looks like Bijan will be in for a massive day.

Bijan was effective against a lot of run defenses this season that looked more stout than Oklahoma’s. The nation’s leader in missed tackles forced and the Big 12 leader in yards from scrimmage and total touchdowns, Bijan, is going to put this Oklahoma defense in a bind.

Oklahoma’s run defense missed a lot of tackles last week, especially in the secondary (nine against TCU). That doesn’t bode well against a running back in Bijan that specializes in making tacklers miss in the open field and has found success against almost everyone this season, despite Texas facing some strong run defenses so far.

Bijan has averaged around 18 or 19 rushing attempts per game in the last four outings. He also has two games in the last four with at least 20 rushing attempts. If Bijan gets at least 20 carries this weekend, it definitely isn’t out of the question to see him break off some big runs and have his first 200+ rushing yards game of the season.