Bob Stoops (above) is coach of the seventh-ranked Sooners.
Auburn, Ala.--Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he really like the offense he will be bringing to his team’s Sugar Bowl matchup vs. the Auburn Tigers and why not?
His Sooners are averaging 44.7 points per game, which is the main reason they are the Big 12 football champions and riding a nine-game winning streak.
Oklahoma is averaging 237.5 rushing yards per contest and 319.8 through the air led by one of the top quarterbacks in the country, Baker Mayfield
“The offense has been very prolific,” Stoops said. “There is no doubt it begins with Baker Mayfield. His ability to get us in and out of plays and his incredible accuracy.
“Then the offensive line has been so positive with great backs and the deep threat to Dede Westbrook,” Stoops said. “There are kind of threats everywhere you look. Really, in my 18 years, if not the most prolific, it is right there with the 2008 offense that set some records and was really strong with Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Jermaine Gresham and on and on and on.”
The Tigers and Sooners will play on Monday, Jan. 2nd at the Superdome in New Orleans. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CST.
Mayfield has completed 71.2 percent of his 330 passes during his team’s 10-2 season for 3,669 yards with 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
His favorite target, Westbrook, has 74 catches for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Running back Joe Mixon is a big-play threat for the Sooners.
Joe Mixon, who has 32 catches for 449 yards and five touchdown receptions, has rushed for 1,183 yards and eight scores while averaging 7.0 yards per carry.
Samaje Perine has run for 974 yards and 11 scores while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
The Sooners have not been as strong defensively. They are giving up an average of 29.7 points per contest. Opponents are averaging 160.8 rushing yards per contest at 4.8 per carry. They are allowing 279 passing yards per game with 28 touchdowns given up with eight interceptions.
Stoops pointed out that he hasn’t had time to learn much about his Sugar Bowl opponent. “I have great respect for Auburn and the way they play,” he said. “We’ll be anxious to be at our best on that day.”
The coach noted that the Sooners are looking forward to trying to a win a 10th straight game to close the season. “We’re excited to be Big 12 champions again, and excited to be in a great bowl game in a great city, and we loved our last time that we were down there,” he said.