Tech should prove no problem for Sooners
If the last two games are any indication, if you’re an opponent looking for a way to attack the Sooner defense, look no further.
Run the ball.
The Oklahoma defensive front that was powerful and sound throughout the early goings of the season has been gashed the last two weeks.
In the Cotton Bowl, the Longhorns rattled off 255 rushing yards and averaged 4.2 yards per carry.
And last week in Lawrence, Kan., it wasn’t much better for the OU front seven. The Jayhawks rushed for 185 yards, but averaged 4.7 yards per carry.
After Saturday’s game, coach Charlie Weis said it was Kansas’ best rushing game they’ve had in a while. The Kansas coach was complimenting his team, but at the same time, pointed out OU’s major defensive flaw.
The Sooners are struggling to stuff the ground game.
The injuries to senior linebacker Corey Nelson and sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Phillips haven’t helped either. Without the two, OU not only misses talent, but also leadership.
But the problem the current OU run-stoppers face may not be felt this Saturday, even against the undefeated Red Raiders.
Texas Tech has been the surprise of the year in the Big 12. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has reinvigorated the squad, and after a 7-0 start and a top-10 ranking, it looks as though the team is buying in.
But with a fairly weak strength of schedule heading into Norman on Saturday, the Red Raiders’ one offensive flaw may be exposed by the Oklahoma defense.
Although the Sooners haven’t been able to stop the run, don’t expect it to be a problem for Oklahoma this weekend. Texas Tech only averages 131 rushing yards per game —98th in the country.
So, Kingsbury’s squad will look to establish its offense through the air as it has done successfully the whole year. Texas Tech has the nation’s second best aerial attack, averaging over 400 yards per game.
But in doing so, the Red Raiders will be playing into the strength of the Oklahoma defense.
The Sooner secondary boasts one of the Big 12’s best defensive backfields led by senior corner Aaron Colvin.
While Oklahoma struggled against the run a week ago, the defense surrendered just 16 passing yards.
If defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is able to draw up a game plan to quell the Red Raider passing attack, the Sooners will be set on Saturday.