Jalen Hurts is the most experienced quarterback in college football and among the most successful in the history of the game. When he takes the field for No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday (noon ET, Fox), Hurts will play in his 48th collegiate game. He is 31-2 as a starter. He played in three national championship games at Alabama.
Until the Sooners dropped to No. 6 in Week 5 of this season — punished for the crime of taking off Week 4 — Hurts had never played for a team ranked outside the top 5.
But as long as his college football résumé is, Hurts has never played in the Red River Showdown. He has never descended that concrete ramp in the Cotton Bowl on the second Saturday in October and been cold-cocked by that wall of sound.
Four decades have passed since Thomas Lott played quarterback at Oklahoma, and when Lott starts talking about playing Texas, he is 20 years old again, wearing a bandana underneath his helmet, running the wishbone for Barry Switzer and the Sooners.