AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is ranked again and on a three-game win streak powered by tailback Bijan Robinson and an explosive offense. Scoring points in bunches has helped prop up a defense has been good enough so far, but has shown just enough cracks to earn some concern heading into Saturday’s match-up with No. 6 Oklahoma(5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and quarterback Spencer Rattler.
The Longhorns rank82nd nationally in total defense, allowing nearly400 yards per game. They are No. 106 in pass efficiency defense, and 79thin allowing third-downconversions.But Texas is looking like a more cohesive unit than the one that got mashed for more than 300 yards rushing by Arkansas a month ago. Texas still ranks No. 93 against the run but the eye tests shows it's not as bad as it was.
The next challenge is Rattler, who seems to have shaken off some of the early season criticism from Oklahoma fans when the Sooners' offense was struggling to find its rhythm. Rattler passed for three touchdowns and ran for another against the Longhorns last season. He was ruthlessly efficient last week against Kansas State, completing 22 of 25 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Seven of Oklahoma's nine drives ended with touchdowns of field goals. The others ended with the interception and when Sooners ran out the final minute of the game. Over the last eight Tex-as-Oklahoma matchups, seven have been decided by seven points or less.“It’s going to be a four-quarter game,” Over-shown said. Or longer.