Texas football demolished Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown impressively enough that voters might consider ranking Quinn Ewers and the Longhorns.
Is there anything sweeter than a rivalry win? Yes, a rivalry rout.
Texas football pulled that off 49-0 on Saturday, taking their demoralized opponent and pummeling them into the ground.
Quarterback Quinn Ewers was back and looked like a five-star quarterback with four touchdowns in his return from injury.
Now, it’s not all that crazy to ask if the Longhorns deserve some recognition in the polls.
Should Texas football be ranked?
The argument for Texas is this: Their two losses were by four points combined. One of them came without Ewers for three quarters against the No. 1 team in the land, Alabama. The second was again without Ewers on the road against Texas Tech.
That same Texas Tech team has only lost to ranked teams and gave No. 7 Oklahoma State all they could handle on Saturday.
Now that Ewers is back, the Longhorn offense can reach its true potential. They proved that against Oklahoma. And that should scare the rest of the Big 12.
The argument against Texas probably has more to do with Oklahoma than UT. It should probably take more than a 49-point victory over a team that’s lost three games in a row, including two by more than 30 points, for a two-loss team to prove their worth for the rankings.
Ewers and company need to unload against a defense that wasn’t already hemorrhaging yards and points.
Texas needs a quality win to go along with their quality losses. Opportunities are coming down the line. Next week the Longhorns get Iowa State. Then they’ll travel to face Oklahoma State and Kansas State in back-to-back weeks. They’ll finish out the season with games against TCU, Kansas and Baylor.