Oklahoma State vs. No. 22 Texas

Strong led a 1-4 Texas team to an upset win over an undefeated Oklahoma program in last year's Red River Rivalry game, but the Longhorns head coach will need more than just a win over the Sooners this season to prove he has this program heading in the right direction. The report said Strong is "very close" to losing his job at the end of the season.

One game into last season, Strong stripped offensive coordinator Shawn Watson of play-calling duties and gave them to receivers coach Jay Norvell.

Oklahoma State picked up a huge bounce-back win on Saturday by beating Texas 49-31 in Stillwater.

The Longhorns (2-1, 0-0), who opened the season with impressive back-to-back wins over Notre Dame and UTEP, needed a little extra time to try and find some answers for a defense that surrendered 50 points and 507 yards in a 50-43 loss at Cal on September 17. Strong avoided the heat for their struggles because he wasn't calling the offense. He insisted that demoting Bedford wasn't a desperation move, but it's hard to classify it as anything else, especially ahead of this week's matchup with Oklahoma, annually the most important game on Texas' schedule. The official said that there will be no move made during the year on Strong. Through five games, the unit is 116th in scoring defense while giving up 38.3 points per game.

TEXAS: The Longhorns play Oklahoma in Dallas on Saturday.

But they also had no business winning last year's game, which was completely dominated by Texas.

Bedford is one of only two assistant coaches remaining on the staff Strong first assembled at UT in 2014, with linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary the other. The two were on the defensive staff of Florida's national-title team in 2008, and Bedford previously served as Strong's defensive coordinator at Louisville. Sterlin Gilbert has resurrected the once-dead offense, but only after Strong went through Shawn Watson, Joe Wickline and Jay Norvell as play-callers in his first two seasons. They're hitting him, but they're going to feel that. It wasn't the best showing from Strong after Brown had won at least eight games each of the prior three seasons, but a little regression following a coaching change isn't unheard of and the Longhorns still made a bowl game.

Strong has told his players not to worry about speculation that his job is in danger. At that point, with 6:31 left in the second quarter, Texas led 25-23 but it could have been 28-21.

Texas has talent, and just when the offense turned a corner, Strong's defense has collapsed.

"Me and Vincent went to middle school together, so we've got that bond from San Antonio", Flowers said.

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