Matchups vs. Oklahoma State

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  • Quarterback
  • Advantage: Tie

Freshman Shane Buechele got his first road test against California and played decently. With an extra week to prepare, Buechele should be ready to continue his strong start in Stillwater.

Junior Mason Rudolph is talented, but he has struggled as of late. Rudolph failed to throw a touchdown pass last week against Baylor, and he’s completing under 60 percent of his passes the last three games.

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  • Running Back
  • Advantage: Texas

Junior D’Onta Foreman and sophomore Chris Warren III each had a field day against California, combining to rush for 276 yards.
Oklahoma State has struggled at times to run the ball, ranking eighth in the Big 12 in rushing offense compared to Texas’ second overall ranking. Freshman Justice Hill and senior Rennie Childs lead the way on the ground.

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  • Wide Receiver
  • Advantage: Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State’s receiving corps features lots of depth and is led by one of the best wideouts in the nation in junior James Washington. Washington is tied for fifth in the country in receiving yards.

Texas continues to showcase its talent week in and week out at wide receiver. Sophomore John Burt and senior Jacorey Warrick have been consistent threats.

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  • Offensive Line
  • Advantage: Texas

The Longhorns will be without senior right guard Kent Perkins, who was suspended one game after being arrested for DWI. Texas still has a viable line without Perkins, but his absence leaves big shoes to fill.

Oklahoma State has given up 14 sacks through four games and has often struggled to run block. The unit is still a work in progress and faces a fair test from Texas’ defensive line this week.

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  • Defensive Line
  • Advantage: Oklahoma State

The Cowboys have one of the most talented defensive fronts in the conference. Sophomore ends Jarrell Owens and Cole Walterscheid are dangerous pass rushers.
Texas gave up only 111 rushing yards to California, but it never generated much of a pass rush. Sophomore end Breckyn Hager and freshman end Malcolm Roach have become impactful players.

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  • Linebacker
  • Advantage: Tie

Oklahoma State is led by seniors Jordan Burton and Devante Averette. Each rank inside the top 10 in the Big 12 in tackles.
Sophomores Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler have also been tackling machines for the Longhorns. Wheeler currently ranks eighth in the Big 12 in tackles.

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  • Defensive Back
  • Advantage: Texas

As bad as the secondary was against California, the Longhorns are still only fifth in the Big 12 in passing defense. Texas has capable defensive backs, but they need to start playing a lot better.

Oklahoma State is ninth in the Big 12 in passing defense. Junior cornerback Ramon Richards already has two interceptions on the season.

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  • Special Teams
  • Advantage: Texas

Freshman safety Brandon Jones continues to make a name for himself after blocking another punt against California. Sophomore punter Michael Dickson leads the Big 12 in punt average.

Like Texas, Oklahoma State has not produced much in its return game. The Cowboys also have a good punter in sophomore Zach Sinor, who ranks third in the Big 12 in punt average.