TFB Shootout Podcast | Red River Rivalry Week
– CJ Vogel
What’s going on y’all.
Beginning this week, we will be dropping a weekly podcast covering both Texas and Oklahoma, giving you an inside look at each team’s performance from the previous week and what will be the keys to success for each team leading up to their next ball game.
I will be joined by JY Brainiac and Ryan Lewis, both of whom from the Oklahoma side of TFB!
Give it a listen and let us know what you think on the podcast and ways we can improve. Right now the goal is to release weekly episodes for the remainder of the season on Mondays on the Donor Board. We will throw in recruiting tidbits every now and then so you will get your fix on that end in the episodes as well.
Texas DL Commit Kristopher Ross Enjoying Senior Season
– CJ Vogel
Last week at North Shore I was able to catch up with Texas DL commit Kristopher Ross.
Since making his commitment to Texas back in March, Ross has been a frequent visitor to Austin on big recruiting weekends and has essentially shut down his recruitment.
Ross was last in Austin for the Big 12 opener against Texas Tech and had high praise for the scene in Austin that weekend. Ross said Byron Murphy hosted him on the official visit and he was able to hangout with Keondre Coburn and several other members of the team.
“It was live up there, I liked it a lot,” Ross said. “I liked the atmosphere and the crowd.”
From the Arkansas game to the two blowout wins over Rice, Ross said he has really seen improvement week to week and is excited to see the trajectory of the team as the season progresses. Obviously, the win against TCU certainly follows that trend as well.
Ross was the first defensive linemen to commit under DL Coach Bo Davis and says the of them talk “every day” throughout the week.
“I will call or text him throughout the day to see how they’re doing, then they’ll call and see how I am doing. Stuff like that.”
Ross had taken his official visit to Austin the weekend of the Texas Tech game and was able to sit down with Coach Davis for an extended period of time. He said he was able to really see his personality during the weekend. Ross said he and some of the recruits were at Coach Sark’s house for breakfast one morning and Davis had the house cracking up.
As for the rest of the season, Ross said he wants to see the DL in the backfield as the season progresses. “We got a solid defense, but I want to see the defensive line get some more sacks.”
As the class is filling up, Ross said he has his eyes on a few recruits. Being teammates with Denver Harris, he always throws in a ‘Hook Em’ while walking by the five star corner. Kam Dewberry, Harold Perkins and Brenen Thompson are also on the list as well.
Ross said he wants that top recruiting spot for this class.
One on One | Red River Shootout
– The Football Brainiacs
The Sooners and Longhorns head to the Cotton Bowl for the 2021 edition of the Red River Shootout!
CJ and Charlie each offer up a pair of ‘One on One’ matchups that they will be keeping an eye on as the programs meet in one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football!
One on One number One:
OU Linebacker Brian Asamoah vs Texas Running Back Bijan Robinson vs
Last week, I focused on Asamoah and Deuce Vaughn and while the Sooners and Asamoah did well enough in the run game, Vaughn torched them in the short passing game for 10 catches and more than 100 yards.
Deuce Vaugh is no Bijan Robinson. If anything, the closest resemblance between the two would be Deuce Vaughn on steroids (no, Bijan is not on steroids).
Last week against TCU Robinson carried the rock 35 times, only one of which resulted in a loss of yards. He added 2 receptions for 22 yards but do not be fooled, he is a very explosive weapon in the pass game out of the backfield or even lined up wide.
On the year, Robinson is Texas’ third leading receiver and he has 10 catches for 167 yards, but I am willing to bet if OU has success early defending against the run, those receiving numbers will go up quite a bit.
Meanwhile, the Sooners linebackers are struggling (to put it nicely) this year. In 2020, the 3 main linebackers (Asamoah, White, Ugwoegbu) combined for 13.5 tackles for loss, with Asamoah leading the charge with 5.5 of his own.
This year, those same 3 linebackers have combined for 2.5 tackles for loss (Shane Whitter the 4th LB has 1.5) and Asamoah has yet to record a tackle for loss on his own.
So, while Bijan possesses many of the same threats that Deuce did in the fact that he can break your ankles with a jump cut, beat you with a spin move, or run away from you…he can also run you over.
Bottom line, Asamoah and the rest of the linebackers will need to up their game and be sure tacklers when Robinson is running the ball, and they will get help from the front with that, but in the pass game it will be imperative for them to keep Robinson in front of them and get their hands on him while the rest of the defense rallies to the ball.
One on One number Two:
OU wide receiver Mike Woods vs Texas cornerback D’Shawn Jamison
The Sooners offense sprung to life last week as Spencer Rattler was dialed in and that is not a comforting turn of events for a beleaguered Texas defense.
A large contributing factor to the defensive woes for Texas is based in the run game where they have been nothing short of terrible as they are giving up an average of 4.4 ypc and an average of 172 yards per game on the ground. They have been slightly better against the pass, but who needs to pass when you can run like that.
Woods is tied for the team lead in receptions with 20 and he is currently averaging 9.4 yards per reception…but recently, the Sooners have been looking at him with an occasional deep ball.
It feels like every year, a Sooner wide receiver has a breakout game against Texas…whether it be Jeff Badet, CeeDee Lamb, Drake Stoops, or Marvin Mims…someone steps up and something tells me Jamison will have to be on top of his game or Mike Woods is gonna get him.
Jamison has struggled a bit to this point of the season and got beat deep to the tune of 75 yards against Texas Tech. He has given up a bunch of yards after the catch and has a dismal-receptions against percentage, which he can obviously turn around in the coming games as he is a talented player.
Woods is a guy who has come in with his head down and has earned his snaps with the Sooners. Texas best be careful if they plan on focusing on Marvin Mims, Mario Williams, Jadon Haselwood and whoever is in at TE for OU because if they leave Woods in one on one matchups, he will have a chance to get his.
One on One Number Three | OU DE Isaiah Thomas vs. Texas RT Andrej Karic
This one was a no brainer for me. Karic stepped into the mix against TCU following the injury to Denzel Okafor and played well. Karic had his hands filled for most of the afternoon with All Big 12 defensive end Ochaun Mathis lining up across from him seemingly every play.
This Saturday, Karic will have his plate filled once again with the matchup of Oklahoma’s Isaiah Thomas looming large. If I remember correctly, Thomas is more likely to line up across from the right tackle with Nik Bonitto set to lineup across from the Christian Jones at left tackle. While the one on one could have gone either way really, I chose to go with the youngster.
Karic will be making his second career start and will be doing so in one of the biggest games he will play in as a Longhorn. Last week against TCU, Karic allowed three quarterback pressures in his 23 pass protection opportunities. He is a bit slimmer than the rest of the offensive line, though does have a mean streak in him.
Thomas on the other hand, had six pressures by himself last week against Kansas State. Thomas converted those six pressures into a sack and two hits on the quarterback. He has simply been phenomenal this season on the edge. With 19 pressures already this season, Thomas is firmly in the top 20 nationally and is on pace to receive postseason honors as well.
Texas struggled to pass the ball against TCU last week and has been flimsy in their pass pro all season long. If Thomas is able to disrupt the quarterback often on Saturday, it will make Texas very one dimensional in a sense that plays right into the Sooners’ hands.
One on One Number Four | OU WR Marvin Mims vs. Texas CB Anthony Cook
Anthony Cook has been Texas’ best defensive player through five games this season. Of course, he had the massive forced fumble and fumble recovery on Max Duggan that really swung momentum in Texas’ favor against TCU last weekend, but he has also been the most consistent piece in a secondary that has had highs and lows through the season.
Cook’s transition to the STAR spot in Pete Kwiatkowski has been a match made in Heaven for both him and the Longhorns as a whole. Cook is aggressive in his spot near the line of scrimmage and has been solid in coverage.
While the season has yet to live up to the expectations Marvin Mims had coming into the season, he has still been impactful. This weekend’s game is exactly the type of atmosphere where if Texas does not keep tabs on the talented wide receiver, it could get ugly and ugly quick.
Mims only has 14 catches this season, but is coming off of his most productive game since the season opener with four catches for 71 yards against Kansas State last weekend. I still have faith, as should everyone else, that Mims will see a breakout at some point in his season to justify the preseason hype.
These two lined up in the slot is going to be a big decider in which side comes away victorious this Saturday.
Know Your Opponent: Oklahoma (2021)
Hey y’all, Charlie asked me if I would do the KYO’s for both sides this week and I was happy to do so!
First I will post the regular KYO which covers what you need to know about this weeks opponent.
Underneath that, I will include my KYO that I posted on the other side of the rivalry!
Hope you enjoy getting a look at both sides here!
Know Your Opponent: Oklahoma (2021)
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator – Lincoln Riley (5th Season at OU)
Defensive Coordinator – Alex Grinch (3rd Season at OU)
The Sooners are 5-0 (2-0) and are coming off of a hard-fought 37-31 victory in Manhattan, Kansas. Oklahoma hasn’t performed up to expectations Offensively so far, this season, however, they showed some signs of putting it together a week before the annual matchup in Dallas.
On Offense …
Everyone knows what to expect from Oklahoma Offensively, yet they remain incredibly difficult to defend. They’re a multiple Offense that goes no huddle throughout the duration of the game. They’re going to Zone, Dart (pull the Tackle), and GT Counter (Pull Guard and Tackle) often times off of some type of shift or Jet motion. They love the Run-Pass Option and Double Screens that attempt to put defenders in a bind. It’s all about eye discipline and wrapping up to prevent yards after contact with this group.
QB –#7 Spencer Rattler*
RB – #0 Eric Gray and #26 Kennedy Brooks
– Rattler has had his share of struggles through the first quarter of the season but appears to be rounding into form a bit heading into the game this weekend. If Texas can’t generate any pressure on him with their front 4, this is going to end up being a high-scoring affair.
– Gray and Brooks represent a potential issue for Texas on the ground. If Texas plays a similar alignment to the way they did against TCU, these two guys will be a missed tackle or two away from an explosive play on almost every touch.
WR – #17 Marvin Mims
WR – #11 Jadon Haselwood
WR – #8 Michael Woods II and #10 Drake Stoops
H-Back – #27 Jeremiah Hall and #9 Brayden Willis and #18 Austin Stogner
– Losing Theo Wease hurt, but Mims, Haselwood, and Woods II still represent a strong group. Stoops always seems to catch several chain-moving 3rd grabs in every big matchup.
– Oklahoma had 8 receptions last week against Kansas State between the three guys at Tight End/H-Back. I expect to see them utilized often in the Cotton Bowl as well.
LT – #71 Anton Harrison and/or #64 Wanya Morris
LG – #54 Marquis Hayes*
C – #73 Andrew Raym
RG – #56 Chris Murray
RT – #52 Tyrese Robinson
– Hayes has the ability to be one of the better linemen in the Big XII and Raym has the potential to be the next big-time guy to emerge from the trenches in Norman.
– There have been consistency issues at Tackle at times this season.
On Defense …
The Sooners have run a 4-2-5 look under Alex Grinch that he brought with him to the Big XII from Washington State. I think it’s safe to assume that there will be an emphasis on pressuring Casey Thompson in addition to stopping Bijan Robinson. That means Texas should expect to see a lot of pressure packages this weekend.
DE – #95 Isaiah Thomas*
NT – #8 Perrion Winfrey*
DT- #90 Josh Ellison
RUSH- #11 Nik Bonitto
– Thomas burst onto the scene in the game last season with a bunch of sacks and pressures of Sam Ehlinger. Winfrey has been one of their better players since arriving last season as a JUCO. Both guys will likely be Day 2 draft picks.
– Bonitto is an EDGE talent that was at one point expected to be a member of the Texas program.
MIKE – #23 DaShaun White or #2 David Ugwoegbu
WILL- #24 Brian Asamoah or #23 Dashaun White
– I think that this unit is going to have their hands full on Saturday trying to wrap up #5. They are an athletic unit and can play in space.
CB – #9 D.J. Graham
Nickel – #5 Billy Bowman
FS – #10 Patrick Fields
SS – #32 Delarrin Turner-Yell
CB – #4 Jaden Davis
– The Sooners are missing starter Woodi Washington, which hurts. They aren’t lacking for talent, however, with rangy Corners like Graham and standout Slot Corner and former Texas commit Billy Bowman on the field.
– There’s some question about Turner-Yell’s availability for this contest but I think he’d rather miss the rest of the season than to miss this particular game. I’m betting he’ll be out there.
Overall Thoughts …
– This is a game that I feel will be decided by one matchup in particular: The Texas O-Line against the Oklahoma D-Line. If Texas can generate movement in the run game they’ll be able to keep the Sooners off of Thompson and hopefully turnover-free. If Texas can’t contain the Sooners up front, it could lead to big issues.
– Spencer Rattler seems primed for a breakout performance and Texas’ lack of a pass rush with their front is a huge concern. The longer Rattler has for guys to work downfield on guys like B.J. Foster and Jerrin Thompson, there worse for wear Texas will be.
– What an opportunity for Texas. What an opportunity for Casey Thompson. Will we see some magic? Will he press too much and make costly mistakes? I’m fascinated by this plotline because I’m not sure we’ve ever seen it before in this rivalry and it almost is never the case when pertaining to Texas. Buckle up.
Know Your Opponent | Texas (2021)
(Charlie took the Liberty to follow the board rules with the logo)
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator – Steve Sarkisian (1st Season at UT)
Defensive Coordinator – Pete Kwiatkowski (1st Season at UT)
In Steve Sarkisian’s debut season in Austin, the Longhorns are 4-1 (2-0) through their first five games and are coming off of a hard-fought 32-27 victory in Fort Worth, Texas, against a very motivated TCU squad.
On Offense …
Texas is in their first season under highly-respected play-caller Steve Sarkisian as OC. Texas is obviously paced by Star Running Back Bijan Robinson, who is on many midseason Heisman lists. Texas works their passing game off of their run game and love to work the middle of the field with intermediate routes. Worthy and Keilan Robinson are the biggest “explosive play” threats outside of #5.
QB –#11 Casey Thompson
RB – #5 Bijan Robinson* and #2 Roschon Johnson and/or #7 Keilan Robinson
– Casey Thompson is a Sooner legacy and I’m sure would love nothing more than to make a statement against the school that he grew up watching and rooting for. Thompson is capable of extending plays with his legs and can make throws on the move. To this point in the season, there is a belief by some that he struggles making deep passes downfield. We’ll see if Oklahoma has those same doubts.
– Bijan Robinson is the star of the program and probably the best player that Texas has had in over a decade. He’s a special talent that can also be utilized as a Wide Receiver. Mission #1 for the Sooners will be containing Robinson.
WR – #4 Jordan Whittington*
WR – #8 Xavier Worthy
WR – #6 Joshua Moore
TE – #80 Cade Brewer and #18 Jared Wiley
– Whittington has been healthy this season for the first time during his Texas career and is having a bit of a breakout year. He’s the Longhorns most consistent WR. Xavier Worthy is probably the Longhorns most talented WR as a True Freshman. He’ll be looking to bounce back from a rough showing against TCU.
– Texas loves playing multiple TEs when they can and Brewer has been around seemingly forever while Wiley provides a true 6’7 two-way option.
LT – #70 Christian Jones
LG – #68 Derek Kerstetter
C – #65 Jake Majors
RG – #75 Junior Angilau
RT – #69 Andrej Karic
– Texas lost starting LG Denzel Okafor for the season in last week’s contest and it may end up being a bit of a blessing in disguise. Derek Kerstetter is Texas’ most experienced OL and the insertion of Redshirt Freshman Andrej Karic into the lineup at RT has been a positive.
– The Sooners terrorized Sam Ehlinger and this group a year ago in the Cotton Bowl. The Left Tackle, Christian Jones, is the guy viewed as the weakest link.
On Defense …
The Longhorns run a Multiple Defense under new DC Pete Kwiatkowski who was hired away from Washington during the off-season. Texas will at times go to a 2 or 3- Down Lineman Front and substitute extra LBs/EDGE bodies on the field. This Defense is predicated on trying to force opponents to puts drives together without self-inflicted mistakes. Texas has struggled to create pressure with their Front Four this season and they are reluctant to bring extra bodies because they don’t want to expose their Safeties in coverage.
BUCK – #46 Ray Thornton and #18 Ovie Oghoufo
NT – #99 Keondre Coburn and #93 T’Vondre Sweat
DT- #98 Moro Ojomo and #90 Byron Murphy
JACK- #3 Jacoby Jones and #95 Alfred Collins
– I believe that these guys are going to be the ones that decide if Texas is going to win the ball game or not. If Oklahoma’s front can get consistent movement we could see a similar rushing total to what Texas gave up against Arkansas.
– Jacoby Jones, a former Oklahoma commit, has had a strong start to his Senior season. Texas has seemingly gotten better interior production from their second unit so far than they have from their starting unit. Keondre Coburn has been a huge disappointment this year.
MIKE – #47 Luke Brockermeyer
WILL – #0 DeMarvion Overshown*
– The uber-athletic Junior, Overshown, has been terrific this season and is having a breakout year. He is the team’s leading tackler. Brockermeyer, a former walk-on has been a revelation although he is a bit limited physically. Texas has to keep these guys clean in order for the Defense to work.
CB – #9 Josh Thompson
STAR- #11 Anthony Cook
FS – #28 Jerrin Thompson
SS – #25 B.J. Foster
CB – #5 D’Shawn Jamison
– The Corners are good and they have depth at the position. Josh Thompson and Jamison will both likely be drafted next spring.
– I’m going to be real with you all. The Safeties can’t cover at all, so Texas likes to keep them in a 2-high look over the top. If Rattler has time he can expose Texas downfield.
Overall Thoughts …
– So many potential storylines here. Riley vs. Sarkisian. Casey Thompson against his childhood team. Oh yea, Texas vs. Oklahoma. This is why we love College Football.
– I’m of the opinion that the Sooners have an Offensive breakout coming. I have concerns that it could be coming this weekend.
– Bijan Robinson gets all of the headlines but Texas’ Offense is more nuanced than people want to admit. This is a great matchup on paper and I’m pumped up to see how everything plays out on Saturday at the fair.
CJ (3-1) Oklahoma 34 – Texas 30
DT (3-1) Texas 38 – Oklahoma 37
Will (2-1) Oklahoma 34 – Texas 30
Just How Fun Could the Next Few Weeks Be?
– CJ Vogel
The commitment of four star Spearman wide receiver Brenen Thompson sent Longhorn twitter into a real frenzy last night. The phrase #SarkAfterDark has been coined by the Texas recruiting team and it has been adopted by fans, players and commits.
Twitter was lively and among the trends started last night in the celebration of Thompson’s commitment, was the #EvanStewartToAustin hashtag.
While Texas staffers cannot directly tweet at recruits, it is clear they were aware of the hashtag and did what they could within the rules to play along with the trend.
Director of Recruiting Brandon Harris tweeted out a ‘#’ to go along with what seemingly every Texas commit on Twitter was sharing throughout the night. Of course, Evan Stewart is the No. 1 wide receiver in the country and is set to be at the Texas-Oklahoma game. The Frisco product has been tied to Texas dating back to when the wheel was created. Evans has remained in contact with the Texas staff ever since he opened up from his Texas pledge in the spring. While Florida and Alabama remain threats here, it was clear who the class and staff is making their highest priority at the moment.
But this is where things get fun.
Should Texas beat Oklahoma this weekend, momentum will be off the charts. The next two weeks Texas will host some of the most sought after recruits in the country, beginning in Dallas and following up the Red River Shootout with what is shaping up to be a top 15 showdown between Oklahoma State in Austin.
The Oklahoma State weekend has a chance to be one of the most visited weekends in recent Texas memory. If you remember back to 2019, the LSU visit weekend was one for the ages – well, Oklahoma State has a chance to shatter the bar.
Already, Arch Manning is headlining the visit weekend. Joining him will be Johntay Cook, Reuben Owens and Texas A&M commit Anthony James just to name a few. There is a very good chance the 2023 class sees its first commit join the class as a result of the next two weeks.
Real momentum could go a long ways with the recruitments of Harold Perkins, Devon Campbell and Kam Dewberry as well.
All in all, as fun as last night was in the Texas recruiting world, there is a chance to exceed that bar in multiple times in the next few weeks. But this only happens if Texas takes care of things on the field and that begins with beating Oklahoma on Saturday.