Ahead of his first and only Red River Rivalry experience, Jalen Hurts doesn't seem too concerned.
The former Alabama signal-caller compared the upcoming edition of one of the best rivalries in college football to the Iron Bowl, stating that he's used to big games. Hurts isn't wrong, of course. Not only has he led Bama to some impressive wins over Auburn, but he's also played in National Championships and the College Football Playoff. Surely, an October matchup against Texas won't scare him.
Still, Texas DB BJ Foster says this game is different, responding directly to Hurts' assertions.
And there you have it. Along with Foster's comments, OL Sam Cosmi also stirred the pot, claiming two of OU's finest on the defensive line aren't what he'd classify as 'special'.
The Sooners, for their part, are trying hard not to provide their opponent with extra motivation ahead of Saturday's game, a matchup where they'll be favored to continue their run to a Playoff appearance and a Big 12 title. Lincoln Riley has already stated Oklahoma will not be partaking in the infamous 'Horns Down' symbol, which will draw a 15-yard penalty for taunting this year.
Expect Riley and Oklahoma to keep their thoughts about Texas to themselves, at least until postgame. Tom Herman's squad, however, isn't holding back.