The Oklahoma defense is laying down the law. Over their last three games, opponents have scored a total of 34 points. That’s amazing considering how injury-riddled this defense has been. Just to the north, the Oklahoma State Cowboys aren’t looking too bad themselves. The Cowboys, while giving up more points in the last three games, have done a tremendous job of picking up the slack when it’s offense has struggled (most notably in the win over Texas). We had a good feeling about the Pokes D coming into this season; OU on the other hand – not so much.
Who among us thought that Oklahoma could contain a team like Texas Tech after watching Tulsa put up 600 yards on this bunch. But, oh, how things have changed. The Sooners defense is dominating. The Red Raiders were averaging 49.9 points per game and walked out of Norman with only 27. In Saturday’s game vs. Kansas, the Sooner practically pitched a shutout. The Jayhawks only score came after a Sterling Shepard muffed punt which gave KU a short field. It can and will be argued in that situation that you should hold the opposing team to a field goal. Still, even the worst team in college football can find a way to score when a gift horse trots up.
Mike Stoops said it was all about preparation “I thought all week we practiced well against each other.” Stoops also says.“All these offenses are semantically similar in some way, so I think it’s helped us get better on both sides of the ball.” OU’s recent defense domination is starting to lead some to say it’s the better than Oklahoma State’s. The Tech game will be Sooner fans’ critical piece of evidence in making that claim. Cowboy fans will then invoke Oklahoma’s pitiful performance against Texas.
What is separating Oklahoma at this point is depth. The Sooners have lost big time players in Zach Sanchez, Jordan Evans, and Devante Bond. Despite those losses, the young players that have been called on keep stepping up. Mike Stoops spoke about his team’s depth – “Being able to play young players is always important to the development of your program…Any good team should have depth at most positions. It’s young depth but we’re starting to grow.”
Before we all go nuts on social media, tap the brakes. There is a brutal November ahead for both teams; it doesn’t matter if you win 70-53 or 63-27, it’s still a W. Statistics be damned, crazy things have happened the last two Bedlam games. This year will be no different, but if both OU and OSU play to hopes and wishes, it could mean a Big 12 title and a shot at the College Football Playoffs. The Pokes and Sooners still have to get through Baylor and TCU first. Neither of these teams is an easy opponent, so while the back and forth will go on between the two fan bases, at least it will be settled on the field.