Spencer Rattler or Casey Thompson? Position Pick ‘Ems for Texas-Oklahoma

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There is going to be high level talent all over the field on Saturday when Texas and Oklahoma square off for the annual Red River Showdown.

Texas is looking to end Oklahoma’s win streak in the series as they have won the last three meetings. The Longhorns were able to end TCU’s win streak against them last week, but can they keep that momentum going and do the same against Oklahoma?

Both teams are coming into this game ranked as Texas jumped back into the polls this week at the No. 21 spot, and Oklahoma is the No. 6 team in the nation.

Both teams badly need this win, as Oklahoma needs a signature win on the season, as they have yet to play a ranked team, and have barley beaten the FBS teams they have played who are a combined 9-12 on the season. Texas also needs a signature win, as they are still looking to prove the loss against Arkansas was a fluke. With a win, Texas could very well skyrocket to the top-10 as well.

Each team will be relying on their star players whether that be Bijan Robinson for Texas or Nik Bonitto for Oklahoma, to make game-changing plays in order to give their team the win.

Both of these soon to be SEC teams have loaded rosters, but some position groups on Texas are better than the ones on Oklahoma, and vice versa. Which position group would I choose from each side in order to build the perfect team? I’m glad you asked.

Defensive Line: Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma duo of Isaiah Thomas and Perrion Winfrey have combined for the same amount of sacks as the whole Texas defense with 10 total. They have been able to do something that the Texas line simply has not, and that is generate pressure and make life miserable on the quarterbacks and running backs in the backfield. The Longhorns defensive line does not have a Joseph Ossai this year, and are more of a committee.

Linebackers: Texas

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Luke Brockermeyer and DeMarvion Overshown have been an unstoppable duo at the linebacker position. Overshown leads the team in tackles, and Brockermeyer is not far behind. The main reason that I am giving them the edge over the Oklahoma group is the pass coverage factor. Oklahoma’s linebackers have consistently been exposed by passes over the middle and have been the weak links of the defense.

Defensive Backs: Texas

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Both of these groups have had their ups and downs on the season. The Longhorns had issues against Texas Tech, specifically one cornerback in D’Shawn Jamison who was beaten multiple times down the field. However, adjustments have been made and the Longhorns defense were able hold Max Duggan to just 182 yards passing and a 54.7 QBR. Texas has given up less passing yards per game, so I will give them the edge here, but this is one that could easily go the other way. Not to fault Oklahoma’s backs, but it is fair to say the Longhorns have played against better quarterbacks.

Kicker/Punter: Oklahoma

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When it comes to the kicking game, Oklahoma’s Gabe Brkic is a career 85% and has been as automatic as it comes. Cameron Dicker, who has been doubling as the kicker and punter for Texas, is just simply too sporadic and cannot be trusted. He has been very inconsistent his whole career having multiple missed attempts in a row, and if it came down to who I would trust more to win me a game, I just trust Brkic to hit that game winner and not give me a heart attack in the process.

Kick/Punt Returner: Texas

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D’Shawn Jamison is a touchdown waiting to happen anytime he returns a kick or punt. He has yet to take one the distance this year that wasn’t called back, but he is constantly putting Texas in plus position when they start their drives. He very well might be one of, if not the best, returners in the college game, and it would be hard not to go with him.

Offensive Line: Oklahoma

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This one was not nearly as hard as the others, as the Texas offensive line has been extremely up-and-down on the year. At times, the left side of the offensive line for Texas has been so bad that opponents have gotten into the backfield untouched. The Oklahoma offensive line isn’t as strong as they have been in the past, which is expected when practically your whole line is moves onto the NFL, but they have still been better than the Texas line.

Wide Receivers: Oklahoma

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The Longhorns wide receiver group has all the potential in the world, but they have severe drop issues. Oklahoma has proven playmakers all around the outside, and I have to go with them here. Texas’ group has been far too inconsistent, but if they lived up to their potential it would be a lot closer of a call.

Tight Ends: Oklahoma

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While Austin Stogner has not been the star at this position up to this point, the Oklahoma tight ends have seen far more chances and produced much more. Brayden Willis alone has the same amount of catches as Cade Brewer and Jared Wiley combined, and has more yards than the two of them. Oklahoma’s tight ends have been used at a higher rate, and have done more with their opportunities.

Running Backs: Texas

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Bijan Robinson is arguably the best running back in the nation, so this wasn’t a tough choice at all. He is the FBS leader in total yards, and is No. 2 in the nation for rushing yards. Not to mention, his backups Roschon Johnson and Keilan Robinson have been electric when they get the ball as well. There likely is not a running back group in the nation that I would take over the Longhorns stable of running backs. Oklahoma’s Eric Gray and Kennedy Brooks have yet to have the impact that Robinson has. If anyone picks the Oklahoma running backs here they are lying to themselves.

Quarterback: Oklahoma

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This one is tough in a way, as Casey Thompson struggled heavily against TCU who is likely the best defense he has faced, but prior to that game was leading the nation in QBR and was completing passes at 78% rate. Rattler on the other hand has been making horrible decisions, and has just one more passing touchdown than Thompson with two more starts. However, we have seen Rattler play a full season at quarterback last year, and he was a star. I am willing to say that he is the right choice based off the ceiling that we have seen so far. Not to say Thompson can’t be better, but so far Rattler’s best has been better than Thompson’s.

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