We’ve looked at the offense, and we’ve looked at the defense, and we’ve broken down what might happen Saturday when the Oklahoma Sooners face off with the K-State Wildcats. So it’s time to talk about who’s going to win this game, and what it’s going to take.
I am not, for one second going to underestimate the Wildcats at all. This is a good football team. Quarterback Collin Klein is a do it all type of player who can beat your with your arms as well as his legs. The Sooner defense has a tendency to give up the big play on occasion, and so regardless of how I think this game is going to turn out, I don’t think anyone can think they will be able to contain Klein for the entire game.
Get off the field on third down, and minimize the big downfield plays, and force some turnovers is the formula.
The Wildcats defense has a real team philosophy, with lots of guys who do their jobs, but they are led by linebacker Arthur Brown who’s going to make running a challenge. He can find the football in a hurry, so if the Sooners offensive line gets a hat on no one else, they have to get one on Brown. It’s going to take patience by the Sooners, taking their shots when they can, looking for matchups they can exploit and protecting quarterback Landry Jones.
I also am very hopeful that the home field factor has a huge effect. The Sooners need their faithful to make life hard on the Wildcats offense, and to help with the intensity of the Sooners. They don’t always come out playing at the level fans would like, but they have to understand that they can make this a hostile environment for opposing teams, but can also make it a great point of positive energy for the Sooners. So get loud Sooners fans, and support your team.
My prediction-If I were playing this one out in my head, it would go something like this. The Sooners come out on offense, go three-and-out, and give it back to the Wildcats, and they come out and hustle down the field and score. Sooners faithful gasp with concern. But over the first half both sides of the ball settle down and they pull ahead slightly by halftime, and in the second half the Sooners depth wear the Wildcats down, beat on Klein, and they win handily. I’m not one to predict scores, but I think the line on this game is something like 14 points. I think the Sooners will win, but I’m not sure they can pull away past 2 scores or not. But a win is a win, so BOOMER SOONER!
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