College football abounds as we begin the crescendo towards the height of talk season. We discovered an interesting take on Friday. On3’s Griffin McVeigh discussed one strong opinion laid out by an Oklahoma insider.
Previously, Scoop college football analyst Carey Murdock had this to say about this year’s matchup between Texas and Oklahoma and how the Sooners will attack the Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl.
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“My question is, will there be a quarterback controversy? Will there be pressure on him to play well? Because of a young Mr. Five star on the couch. If he doesn’t play well to start the season, I don’t know if Oklahoma will face Quinn Ewers in that game.”
The five-star Murdock is referring to is Arch Manning, the third most likely Texas quarterback to play this season, after Ewers and freshman Maalik Murphy. Undoubtedly, Manning possesses the talent to be great, but moving from a small school in Louisiana to a big college football could be an adjustment period.
As for how Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables would defend the Texas offense, Murdock suggested the Sooners unleash their blitz playbook.
“(Venables is going to) try to warm up a quarterback. That’s no secret there. He’s going to send lightning upon lightning upon lightning and from all different directions. I think that’s the game plan.”
Given what the Longhorns have at the receiver, that may be the only way Oklahoma can disrupt the Texas offense this season. In last year’s matchup, the Sooners surrendered 49 points and 585 yards. On the team’s final pass attempt, Quinn Ewers threw a touchdown to Ja’Tavion Sanders with 1:57 left in the third quarter. The Longhorns pulled backup quarterback Hudson Card for third stringer Charles Wright to further telegraph that they let off the gas.
This year, the Venables defense could face Adonai Mitchell, Isaiah Neyor and Johntay Cook at receiver. That is to say nothing of Xavier Worthy, Ja’Tavion Sanders and Jordan Whittington who have already dabbled in the series.
The Sooners should be much improved overall, but the matchup with the Longhorns isn’t ideal. Given the corner room struggles in Oklahoma, whoever starts at quarterback for Texas should be prepared for a big game. Given the improvement we saw in the spring, Quinn Ewers will probably be able to get through the season.
Quinn Ewers showed the progress he made during the off-season with an efficient performance of 16 for 23, 195 yards and one score.@josephcook89‘s analysis of the Texas starting QB’s Orange-Wit Game (On3+) #HookEm
— Inside Texas (@InsideTexas) April 17, 2023