TEXAS VS. OKLAHOMA
What you need to know: Oklahoma’s starting a quarterback it wasn’t expecting to when the season started, but is rolling at 5-0. Texas is starting a quarterback it wasn’t expecting to when the season started, and has been up and down at 3-2. … Texas holds the all-time lead in the series, 59-43-5, including a 47-39-4 edge in games played in Dallas. … Don’t adjust your TV sets. Both teams will have specially-designed Nike uniforms today, which include touches of gold. … Texas will be minus QB David Ash and OLB Jordan Hicks; RT Josh Cochran, who hasn’t played since Sept. 14, will be a game-time decision. … Talking Triplets: Texas’ offensive leaders are QB Case McCoy (62-102-574, 2/0), RB Johnathan Gray (82-439-4) and WR Mike Davis (26-287-4). Oklahoma counters with QB Blake Bell (72-104-835, 6/0), RB Brennan Clay (68-450-3) and WR Jalen Saunders (22-213-3).
Three story lines:
1. Title hopes on the line: Say what you will about the current state of the Longhorns, but they’re 2-0 in the Big 12 and a win over Oklahoma, coupled with TCU’s problems and Oklahoma State’s early conference loss, would be huge.
2. Three in a row: The Sooners have won three straight Red River Rivalry matchups, outscoring Texas 146-58. That’s what you call a rivalry? The Longhorns don’t want to lose a fourth in a row with so much — their Big 12 hopes, the senior class’ legacy, McCoy’s family legacy, maybe even Mack Brown’s future — at stake. It’s one thing to lose to your rival. It’s another to lose badly. Again.
3. Missing in action: Will Daje Johnson make an impact? Will we finally see Tyrone Swoopes take a snap? Does Jaxon Shipley have a touchdown catch in him?
Today’s chat: Our live game chat — at statesman.com/bevobeat — will be led by Deputy Sports Editor Richard Tijerina and staff writers Danny Davis and Dave Behr. We’ll kick it off at 10:30 a.m., 30 minutes before Longhorns and Sooners kick off for real, and will continue to chat from the Cotton Bowl press box through the final whistle.