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November 1, 2013

The real test approaching for Sooners’ defense



The only team that’s really been able to do that this season is Kansas State. It still lost 35-25 in its Oct. 10 meeting with the Bears, but its the only team to stay within 31 points of them all season.

Holding Baylor to 114 rushing yards on 37 attempts gave Kansas State a chance.

OU would love to copy that game plan. If it could hold Baylor to 35 points, it would like its chances of getting out of Waco with a victory.

It will be a game where every phase of the Sooners’ team will be tested — offense, defense and special teams. But it’s the defense that will truly be under the brightest spotlight.

The numbers all say OU’s defense has greatly improved this season. It’s giving up less points, less yards and coming up with more turnovers.

But it’s about to face the explosive two-dimensional offense that tended to rip it to shreds last season.

“We’re going to have our hands full trying to stop them, so it will be fun,” OU safety Gabe Lynn said.

In six days, the Sooners will find out just where they truly are.

John Shinn

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