Coaches and players say it’s because defenders didn’t get properly aligned. How much worse could it be with the Red Raiders trying to run a play every 20 seconds?
“That’s one thing that we’ve been focusing on,” OU defensive end Geneo Grisson said. “We know that they get a lot of snaps in every game and we got to be able to make sure we get calls in and execute the plays.”
The Sooners’ ability to handle the tempo is going to be a critical factor in the game. The main reason is they don’t seem well equipped to win an offensive shootout as in past years. OU’s averaging just 30.8 points per game. The Red Raiders are averaging 41.1.
Defense has to be steady for the Sooners to remain in the game. This is the kind of contest defensive coordinator Mike Stoops retooled his unit to be able to handle.
The whole offseason was spent figuring out ways to handle offenses that spread the field and called and ran plays at a brisk pace.
Saturday will be the litmus test for whether OU is truly ready to handle it. With the way the offense has struggled, it won’t be graded on curve.
“We know that it will be a challenge, but as long as we play our game, we should be all right,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said.
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