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Spencer Sanders after being tackled with an attempted touchdown.

The Cowboys are back on their normal schedules after an off week. They are preparing to face No. 25 Texas in another ranked clash.

Here are notes gathered from head coach Mike Gundy and players on the game and the bye week.

Preparing to stop Bijan Robinson:

An unstoppable force meets an immovable object Saturday in Austin. The nation’s third leading rusher, Texas sophomore Bijan Robinson, will face the 12th ranked OSU rushing defense.

Robinson averages 131 yards per game while the Cowboy defense surrenders only 91 total rush yards on average.

“(Robinson) is a good player,” Gundy said. “You’ve seen him throughout the year. Has the ability to make guys miss. He runs through tackles. In my opinion, if you run in and don’t wrap up…you’re not going to get him down.”

Another element of what makes preparing for Robinson so difficult is what Texas likes to do when the ball isn’t in his hands. Gundy mentioned the need to defend Texas’ misdirection play-action pass that sets up chunk plays down the field.

“(The Longhorns) kind of run their offense through him so we are just focused on stopping him and going from there," linebacker Devin Harper said.

Chilling out

After a bye week, the Cowboys will travel to Austin recharged.

Senior right guard Josh Sills said he had his house to himself last week because his roommate left. He watched TV and hung out with a couple of his friends watching football.

Gundy has allowed the team a break from the regular grind of practice.

“This is a mature team, for the most part,” Gundy said. “They’ve handled themselves really well. I didn’t really have a concern with letting them have the time off for that reason. When they got back, they started as practice got going and they got back into the flow. They were fine. We had a productive workout last night.”

Scouting the shootout

Two of the Cowboys’ future foes, Texas and Oklahoma, played in a thrilling game. Having a week off afforded OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders a chance to watch the game, in which hyped Sooner backup quarterback entered and lead his team to a comeback victory.

“It was a great game,” Sanders said. “I don’t want to talk down on either one of the teams. It was interesting, exciting, (and I) learned a lot from it. OU obviously bringing in Caleb Williams that was kind of cool to watch him come in and play.

"It was kind of good for other teams and us as well, now we’ve seen Caleb Williams plays so now we can scheme for either Williams or Rattler so I feel like that’s a good thing for the defense to see both of those guys and see what they can do.”

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