Marcus Mariota's poor performance in Oregon's loss to Stanford last Thursday means Florida State freshman phenom Jameis Winston is now the favorite to win the Heisman. But Bryce Petty's Bears are also undefeated and Johnny Manziel is on pace to have an even better year than the one he had when he won the Heisman last season.
Losing Chris Whaley for the rest of the year means Texas loses the heart and soul of its defense, as well as one of the most talented and productive members of its defense. Desmond Jackson has plenty of starting experience and was outstanding against West Virginia but there's no replacing Whaley.
Converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns was a problem in the first half against West Virginia but the Longhorns were able to make up for it in the second half and overtime. They may be able to make up for such mistakes against a team like Oklahoma State.
He started out as the third-string quarterback at Oklahoma State and has moved up and down the Cowboys' depth chart but, with a few more wins under his belt this year, Clint Chelf seems to have cemented himself as the Pokes' man behind center.
Former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles shot himself in the arm earlier this month, Florida may not have its starting quarterback available this week while Nebraska won't have its starting quarterback available again this year and Baylor's Art Briles earned himself a contract extension through 2023.
Texas' last six opponents have won as many games as its next three — 23. The Longhorns face three tough opponents to close the regular season but, if their six-game winning streak is any indication, they're up for the challenge.
Texas needs to limit the big plays against Oklahoma State or it could find itself in a shootout and that's a sitaution the Longhorns don't want to be in with the Cowboys' high-powered offense coming to town.
Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron were the thunder to Johnathan Gray's lightning. But, with Gray sidelined for the rest of the year, how will Texas' offense function? After all, there can't be any thunder without lightning.