No. 19 Texas had no trouble getting ready to square off against No. 7 Oklahoma.
Head coach Tom Herman shortened practices to limit friendly fire and prevent controlled aggression becoming something more before the Sooners stand across from the Longhorns on Saturday.
Herman understands that his team is hyped for the game with the Sooners and that he was going to get maximum intensity from his players, even in their preparation.
“We were on the field about 10 or 15 minutes less per day this week than we normally are because of this stretch of difficult games we’ve had and what we have this Saturday,” Herman said.
“We wanted to make sure we were smart with our guys’ bodies. Last year, this week – the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday practices — graded out as our most intense, so we decided to be smart with the players. They are excited, focused and ready to go.”
If the Longhorns need any more motivation – and that’s doubtful – the fact that they’ve been listed as a touchdown or more underdog in the Red River Showdown has added fuel the Texas’ fire.
“I think you play aggressive when you are the underdog,” Herman said. “There’s that attitude that you don’t have a lot to lose, so you empty the tank and don’t leave anything behind – play aggressive, play loose.
“But I don’t think anybody in our building thinks we are an underdog,” Herman added.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger said he’s ready for his second taste of the border rivalry.
“I understand college football preparation, pretty much what everything in college football looks like as a quarterback,” Ehlinger said. “A year ago, I thought I understood and I thought that I was really well prepared because I did everything I could, but that year of experience and understanding and what it actually entails and what to expect, it’s invaluable.”
–Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media