Five Texas Longhorns to know in this year’s Red River rivalry

Taking a look at five key Texas Players to know ahead of the clash with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game.

In a year, Oklahoma and Texas’s annual date in Dallas looks incredibly different. There’s a new coach on Oklahoma’s sideline, and the quarterbacks that participated in the game a year ago transferred to different schools.

Here we are, preparing for another Red River Showdown, and for Texas, they seem like the much more stable team heading into the game. They don’t have the massive injury concerns Oklahoma does, and they’ve played pretty consistent football all season.

Texas enters with two losses. One was to Alabama in an incredible environment in Austin, going blow for blow with a college football heavyweight. Their second was a road loss to Texas Tech in overtime on by three points.

Oklahoma is in a rough spot right now and if they don’t show up ready to play, they could get blown out for the second straight week. Texas features some NFL-caliber skill players that can give the Oklahoma defense fits if unprepared.

For the uninitiated, we mapped out the five Texas players to know heading into the matchup.

Three Keys to an Oklahoma victory in the Red River Rivalry

3 keys for the Oklahoma Sooners to pick up a win in the Red River a showdown vs. the Texas Longhorns.

Oklahoma is between a rock and hard place as they head into one of college football’s marquee rivalry games.

It’s Texas week for the Oklahoma Sooners and the team couldn’t need a win more.

Brent Venables is no stranger to this game. He’s been a part of it many times before but this will be his first as the head coach and he comes into the game with a team probably low on confidence, bruised and battered, and simply, not playing good football.

In his weekly press conference, Venables talked about Texas being four points away from being an undefeated team. He’s right. One of those losses was to Alabama in a game the Longhorns were a play or two away from winning. This team isn’t a slouch and with their health starting to look up, things are going to be difficult for Oklahoma.

There’s a path for Oklahoma to win this game. How does Oklahoma get there? Here are three keys to victory.

Up Next: “You’re Unpredictable!”

SEC Roundup: A look around the conference

Checking in on the current and future SEC teams with the top stories on Tuesday.

We are approaching the midway point of the 2022 college football season in the SEC. Thus far we have seen the usual suspects standing at the top of the hill with Alabama and Georgia coming into Week 6 with identical 5-0 records.

They have both won their two conference matchups. Not to mention both have survived early season scares. Alabama needed a last-minute field goal to beat Texas in Week 2, while Georgia needed a surge to fend off Missouri on Saturday. This week Alabama takes on Texas A&M, while Georgia and Auburn renew their rivalry game.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, it is Georgia week and the shots have already been fired by UGA Wire.

We check in on the rest of the SEC with this roundup on a Tuesday morning. We will also check on the future conference teams, Oklahoma and Texas.

Alabama QB Bryce Young ‘day-to-day’ with shoulder injury

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is considered “day-to-day” with a shoulder injury, according to head coach Nick Saban

It looks like Alabama may have dodged a bullet when it comes to the injury prognosis for their star quarterback.

Bryce Young left Saturday’s game against Arkansas with an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder, and did not return. Speaking to the media Monday, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said Young is considered “day-to-day,” adding that it’s not a long-term injury.

Young went down awkwardly while trying to throw the ball away at the end of a play near the sideline, and remained in the game for one more play before exiting. He was visibly upset as he entered the medical tent before eventually heading to the locker room.

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Young is also widely regarded as one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2023 NFL draft class.

[listicle id=639140]

SEC power rankings after Week 5: Some questions raised while others answered

See where each team stands in the latest SEC power rankings after Week 5 of the 2022 season.

The conference has seen a few surprises and disappointments thus far this season. Teams like Auburn, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Texas A&M came into the season with lofty expectations. However, they each find themselves at 3-2 this season.

On the other hand, programs like Tennessee and Ole Miss have lived up to the hype thus far. The Volunteers are 4-0 on the season while the Rebels are 5-0 on the season. As many expected, both Georgia and Alabama have no blemishes to their record up to this point.

After Week 5, there were several shakeups in the power rankings. Today, Roll Tide Wire will take a look at the latest conference power rankings following Week 5 of the 2022 season.

Sooners unranked in latest AP Poll after getting dismantled by TCU

Oklahoma suffers another loss and officially drops out of the poll for the first time since October of 2020.

Oklahoma hasn’t hit rock bottom yet, but in 8 days, the outlook of Oklahoma’s season has drastically changed. Saturday’s thrashing from TCU had to make even the most die-hard Sooners fans a bit dizzy.

With the 55-24 loss to the Horned Frogs, Oklahoma is officially out of the top 25 in the latest AP Poll receiving just two votes. The last time they were unranked? October of 2020 after losing to Kansas State and Iowa State in back-to-back weeks to open Big 12 play.

Want a little optimism? The Sooners won the Big 12 that season, anyway.

The loss sets the stage for an unranked Red River matchup between Texas and Oklahoma next Saturday. It’ll be the first time this has happened since 1998.

Multiple Big 12 teams saw their stocks rise across the conference while Oklahoma plummeted. Oklahoma State moves up two spots to No. 7 after beating a previously ranked Baylor team on the road in a rematch of last season’s Big 12 championship game.

TCU went from unranked to 17th in the polls after they put on a clinic against Oklahoma. Behind TCU at No. 19 stands the Kansas Jayhawks, who are ranked for the first time since Oct. 18, 2009. That’s the longest drought for a Power Five team since the last round of realignment.

Kansas State moves up from 25th to 20th after another strong game from Adrian Martinez and Deuce Vaughn.

At the very top, Alabama takes back the top spot after Georgia struggled and escaped a bit of a fight with former Big 12 member Missouri. Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, and Clemson round out the rest of the top five.

[listicle id=72780]

[listicle id=72712]

[mm-video type=playlist id=01eqbz7cqqgxy50qwt player_id=none image=https://soonerswire.usatoday.com/wp-content/plugins/mm-video/images/playlist-icon.png]

Contact/Follow us @SoonersWire on Twitter, and like our page on Facebook to follow ongoing coverage of Oklahoma news, notes, and opinions. Let us know your thoughts, comment on this story below. Join the conversation today. You can also follow Bryant on Twitter @thatmanbryant.

Down and out: Oklahoma drops out of USA TODAY Sports Coaches poll after TCU loss

The Oklahoma Sooners fell out of the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll after their 55-24 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs. How do Big 12 teams rank?

Not all that surprising, but the Oklahoma Sooners have dropped completely out of the USA TODAY Coaches Poll after their 55-24 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.

TCU dominated the Sooners to improve to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Big 12, making a statement with their 55-point outburst. The score could have been worse had Sonny Dykes kept his foot on the gas, but as injuries started to pile up, both teams were eager to just finish the game.

Oklahoma received 19 votes to rank seventh in the Big 12 among vote-getters.

The only change among the top seven was Alabama taking over the No. 1 spot as Georgia struggled with unranked Missouri. It seems these two teams will jockey for No. 1 all season long until they potentially meet up in the SEC title game.

A look at the full USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports:

Rank Team Record Points Change
1 Alabama 5-0 1,568 (34)
2  Georgia 5-0 1,545 (23)
3 Ohio State 5-0 1,492 (5)
4 Michigan 5-0 1,374
5 Clemson 4-0 1,352
6 Southern California 4-0 1,247
7 Oklahoma State 3-0 1,225
8 Tennessee 4-0 1,142 +1
9 Ole Miss 5-0 1,082 +2
10 Penn State 5-0 990 +2
11 Utah 4-1 919 +2
12 Oregon 4-1 823 +3
13 Kentucky 4-1 811 -5
14 North Carolina State 4-1 732 -4
15 Wake Forest 4-1 668 +6
16 BYU 4-1 594 +4
17 Kansas 5-0 433 +10
18 TCU 4-0 425 +14
19 UCLA 5-0 421 +19
20 Kansas State 4-1 324 +10
21 Syracuse 5-0 306 +4
22 Baylor 3-2 230 -8
23 Mississippi State 4-1 194 +12
24 Washington 4-1 181 -6
25 Arkansas 3-2 141 -6

Schools Dropped Out

No. 16 Oklahoma; No. 17 Texas A&M; No. 22 Florida State; No. 23 Minnesota; No. 24 Pittsburgh.

Others Receiving Votes

Cincinnati 140; Louisiana State 89; Florida State 74; Florida 41; Washington State 38; Maryland 37; James Madison 30; Minnesota 23; Texas 22; Texas A&M 20; Air Force 20; Oklahoma 19; Coastal Carolina 11; Purdue 10; North Carolina 9; Tulane 6; Notre Dame 5; Illinois 3; Central Florida 2; Pittsburgh 1; Duke 1.

Latest update on Bryce Young’s injury

Get the latest on the injury suffered Saturday by Alabama quarterback Bryce Young

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young left Saturday’s game against Arkansas due to injury, and did not return.

After the game, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said Young sustained a sprained right (throwing) shoulder (via ESPN’s Pete Thamel).

Young suffered the injury in the second quarter, going down awkwardly as he tried to throw the ball away near the sideline at the end of a play. He remained in the game for another play, but left in obvious pain after throwing another pass.

It remains to be seen how long the defending Heisman Trophy winner will be out, but this will obviously be one of the bigger developments to follow in college football in the coming weeks.

[listicle id=639140]

Alabama uses 3 long runs to wreck Arkansas comeback

Alabama used 3 long runs to hold off Arkansas’ rally

Arkansas had scored 23 straight points. Alabama was without Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, who went out in the first half with a shoulder injury.

A 28-0 lead dwindled to five points before the Crimson Tide offense turned on the jets. And they went full bore.

How about a trio of 70-plus yard runs in the final quarter as the Crimson Tide ruined the hopes of the home team for an iconic comeback.

First, backup QB Jalen Milroe for 77:

Jahmyr Gibbs for 72 yards:

Gibbs for 76 yards.

The Tide wound up leaving Fayetteville with a 49-26 win and Coach Nick Saban said Young had a sprained shoulder.

 

 

WATCH: Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs breaks off multiple 70-yard TD runs vs. Arkansas

Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs showed off his explosive, big-play ability Saturday against Arkansas

If you watched Georgia Tech last season, you knew that Alabama was getting a dangerous weapon in transfer running back Jahmyr Gibbs.

The do-it-all playmaker showed off his dynamic skill set Saturday against Arkansas, breaking off a 72-yard touchdown to put the game away early in the fourth quarter.

Gibbs’ long touchdown run helped a Crimson Tide offense that lost Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young to injury in the second quarter.

He wasn’t done yet, either. Gibbs found another crease in the Hogs’ defense later in the fourth quarter, racing 76 yards for another score:

NFL teams should already be excited about the versatility and explosiveness Gibbs will be bringing to the next level.

[listicle id=639140]