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Red River Showdown: Texas can become the Big 12 favorite, or keep playing catch-up to Oklahoma


Aside from the lone early-season hiccup in Fayetteville, it safe to say things are going quite well during Steve Sarkisian first season on the Forty Acres. Of the Texas Longhorns four wins, three have come in dominant fashion by a combined 113 points, and the other was a relieving road win in which Texas exorcised some of its purple demons with a 32-27 win over the TCU Horned Frogs last weekend. But in the big picture, winning games against overmatched opponents doesn really move the needle in Austin competing for conference titles does. So naturally, against an Oklahoma Sooner program that controlled the conference for the past six seasons and is favored to do so yet again this year, the midseason Red River Showdown will serve as an excellent measuring stick for where Sark Longhorns truly in Year 1. think at the end of the day Cole Lourd Jersey, the peripheral puts measuring sticks on us of where we are, Sarkisian said during his weekly press conference. or us, our process is our process and we have to wire in and respect every opponent we play and make sure wee putting our best foot forward, and ultimately week in and week out we see where wee at. Are we making incremental gains to continue to get better?hen you take over a program, you always want the big leaps and bounds and the growth and all those things, but for me the positive has been I think wee making incremental progress as a program in a lot of different phases, whether that mental toughness, whether that physical toughness, whether that style of play, whether that recruiting, Sarkisian added. here a lot that goes into it, but in the end, when youe playing the team that, over recent history, has won the conference, well, here an opportunity to basically see here are we at this point? And wee gonna find out, wee gonna see where wee at.s is, Texas sits at 4-1, marking the best start for a first-year Longhorns head coach since Fred Akers won his first 11 games in 1977 https://www.tloutletstore.com/Travis_West_Jersey-145. And all things considered, Sarkisian has done nearly everything right throughout his first five appearances. Texas started fast, dominating a ranked Louisiana team that some expected to upset the Horns. When things didn go nearly as well in Arkansas, rather than standing firm in his preseason decision, Sark quickly made a critical change at quarterback from Hudson Card to Casey Thompson, which has proven to be an excellent move thus far. Elsewhere his staff has made other minor depth chart adjustments that speaks to their willingness to make changes when something needs to be improved. And, as promised, Sark getting the ball into his playmakers hands, which, in turn, has led to wins. Those wins now have the Longhorns here, sitting at No. 21 nationally with the second-best odds (31.3%) to win the Big 12, behind only you guessed it Oklahoma. To be sure, Sark wasn expected to contend for Big 12 title in his first year at Texas, especially without the presence of Sam Ehlinger, so a Red River loss doesn mean the program is necessarily faltering in Year 1. The entire Big 12, Oklahoma included, has been underwhelming. That said, Oklahoma has quite clearly been the standard as of late for where exactly a program more specifically, Texas is during a given season, which is why despite owning the second-best record in the conference throughout the previous three seasons, Tom Herman isn in Austin anymore. There was a gap between the Sooners and the Longhorns, and it wasn exactly a close one. So, at the midpoint of the 2021 campaign, beating No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday, something Sarkisian previous two predecessors did just once each during their seven combined seasons https://www.tloutletstore.com/Marcus_Washington_Jersey-48, will tell us exactly what Texas is this season a legitimate Big 12 title contender, and likely the frontrunner.
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