Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is no stranger to major college football rivalries, spending the beginning of his career at Alabama. This weekend, he gets his first (and only) taste of the Big 12’s answer to the Iron Bowl, with the Red River Showdown against Texas.
Hurts may be new to the series, but he and the Longhorns haven’t been afraid to get into things through the media. Hurts downplayed concerns about his first Red River game, saying that he’s been in similar big games before. Of course, he’s absolutely right.
Texas defensive back B.J. Foster was quick to respond. He made the questionable assertion that Hurts hasn’t played in a game as physical as the one Texas is ready to bring.
Foster wasn’t done there. He made a stark warning to Jalen Hurts, a dynamic dual-threat quarterback who has gashed teams with his legs as well as his arm this fall:
Slide, or you’re going to take some huge shots.
“He’s not dumb,” Foster said of Hurts, who is averaging 99 yards per game on the ground. “He’s gonna have to slide, or it’s not gonna be good for him.”
Texas shouldn’t be lacking for motivation. Oklahoma has sucked up almost all of the oxygen in the Big 12, especially after the Longhorns’ loss to a very good LSU team. The Longhorns need to win this one to leap back into the true national conversation.
Throw in last year’s season split, with Texas winning in Dallas and Oklahoma taking home the Big 12 Championship Game, and this one should be heated as ever. Oklahoma is a solid favorite, but the Sooners haven’t faced a team nearly as talented as the Longhorns yet this season.
The Red River Showdown will kick off this Saturday at noon ET on FOX.