Both the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns are usually pretty guarded about who is in and who is out playing-wise. It is even more so this week. It’s only Wednesday and we will have a clearer picture by travel day on Friday, but let’s take a look at what we know right now.
What we know about Oklahoma:
As reported on Monday, offensive guard Nila Kasitati is out for the Sooners. Kasitati tore his ACL against Texas Tech on Saturday. Not an injury, but Sooners head coach Bob Stoops confirmed that defensive lineman Stacy McGee is not ready to be reinstated for the Texas game. He was suspended during the preseason for breaking university policy.
In what could be a crucial injury for the Sooners, it is being reported that cornerback Aaron Colvin has been suffering knee soreness. Right now, he is being listed as a day to day situation, but I would imagine that Colvin will play.
Defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland left Lubbock with bruised quadriceps but hasn’t missed any practice. He will play Saturday against Texas.
Here is what we know so far on Texas:
The Longhorns are not holding out hope yet for the return of linebacker Jordan Hicks. Hicks has missed the last two games due to a hip injury and it has really affected the Texas defense. He was the only linebacker that had any starting experience going into 2012. Without Hicks, the defense has allowed TWO opposing players to have a combined 406 yards rushing; Oklahoma State‘s Joseph Randle (199) and West Virginia‘s Andrew Buie (209). Word out of Austin is that he is closer to being game ready, running in practice.
Running back Malcolm Brown is still the most questionable out of the two starters. Brown sprained his ankle against Oklahoma State two weeks ago and has yet to hit the practice field. This hasn’t presented much of a problem considering Jonathan Gray and Joe Bergeron are clearly stepping up and living up to their preseason hype.
Two Longhorns that are definitively out, but aren’t as much of an impact as Brown or Hicks. Tight end Miles Onyegbule and fullback Alex De La Torre, who are both nursing ankle injuries suffered while covering kickoffs against West Virginia last week.
Again, it will be a clearer picture closer to travel day. Both fan bases are crossing their fingers in hopes that there are no surprises.