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Oklahoma ready for Red River Showdown, basketball players earn honors

Welcome to the Friday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Sooners’ first must-win game is here

Oklahoma football faces off against the Texas Longhorns at 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday in Dallas. For the first time this season, the Sooners appear up against the wall.

Texas is fresh off a nice 40-34 win against Kansas State in double overtime. Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger accumulated nearly 500 yards of total offense in the win. Shockingly, Texas is one of just two teams unbeaten in Big 12 games. A win against the Sooners on Saturday and Texas is two games ahead of its rival in the loss column with a head-to-head win in hand.

Thus, every conference matchup is now an elimination game for the Sooners. Two losses makes getting into the College Football Playoff nearly impossible. More worrisome, it could keep them out of the Big 12 title game. Luckily, Oklahoma proved last season that it functions a little better when the pressure is on.

Experts split on Oklahoma-Texas

With perhaps the biggest Red River Rivalry in nearly a decade happening this weekend, college football experts are split on what to expect.

Bleacher Report picked the Sooners to beat the Longhorns 43-34. The outlet expects the game to be a shootout, but is betting on Baker Mayfield to outduel Ehlinger. Conversely, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm picked Texas to upset Oklahoma, which would hand the Sooners back-to-back losses for the first time since 1999.

Other headlines from the program:

  • Lincoln Riley earned his first loss on Saturday. DieHards’ John Shinn got Riley’s thoughts on the matter. It came down to one phrase: “It sucked.”
  • Since 1990, first-year starting quarterbacks have a combined 2-12-1 record in the Red River Shootout when facing an experienced quarterback in the other huddle, according to The Franchise’s John Hoover. That bodes well for Oklahoma, which will likely face Ehlinger behind center when the game starts.
  • Pro Football Focus rated Mayfield the best draft-eligible quarterback, ranking first in adjusted completion, handling pressure, on short, medium and deep throws and fewest turnover-worthy throws.

Men’s basketball stars make headlines

Two Oklahoma men’s basketball guards earned all-conference preseason honors: sophomore Kameron McGusty and true freshman Trae Young both made All-Big 12 honorable mention.

Young is one of the most celebrated recruits in Oklahoma history out of Norman North. The 247Sports composite rated him the No. 23 overall prospect in the Class of 2017. McGusty scored 10.9 points per game for Oklahoma last season.

Other stories from around Sooners athletics

  • Volleyball travels to Morgantown, W.Va. for a Friday matchup with the Mountaineers at 6 p.m. CT. After ending an eight-match losing streak last week, the Sooners are now looking to win for the second time in their last three matches.
  • Soccer hopes to bounce back from a 5-1 loss at No. 8 West Virginia last Sunday when it heads to Fort Worth, Texas, for a 7 p.m. game against TCU on Friday. The Sooners are 2-9-4 heading into the game.
  • Men’s basketball student season tickets go on sale Monday. The tickets are $60 and include all 15 home games.

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