Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma's aggressive defense squares off against Oklahoma State's explosive offense

Oklahoma offense vs. Oklahoma State defense
• Oklahoma doesn't have a power back who can push the pile in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Roy Finch and Brennan Clay are quick but undersized, and they lack the strength to consistently pick up yards after contact. FB Trey Millard weighs in at 249 pounds but doesn't always run north-south. The Sooners' offensive line isn't built to come off the ball and drive defenders, either. Meanwhile, Cowboys redshirt freshman DT Christian Littlehead (305 pounds) has developed into an effective space-eater who can keep blockers off his linebackers. However, Oklahoma still can be effective in these situations because of 245-pound redshirt freshman QB Blake Bell, who has rushed for nine touchdowns over the course of the past four games. Bell gives the Sooners a much-needed downhill runner who can get behind a convoy of blockers and make positive yards. He has not shown the ability to be an effective passer, though, so Oklahoma State should sell out against the run when Bell is in the game.