Sooners Vs. Falcons Pregame: Breaking it Down

Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into this weekend's matchup between OU and Air Force.

The Matchup:

For only the second time in OU's storied tradition, it will play the Air Force Academy. The previous meeting resulted in a 44-3 victory for the Sooners back in 2001 in Colorado Springs. No. 7 OU is coming off a huge win against then-No. 17 Florida State, moving its record to 2-0, and the Falcons are also 2-0 after upsetting then-No. 24 Brigham Young 35-14 last week.

OU players to watch:

1. QB Landry Jones--After struggling in his first game, Jones posted monster numbers against the Seminoles in game two. He tossed four touchdown passes, part of a 30-for-40, 380-yard performance. It will be interesting to see if he shows up in game one or game two form.

2. LB Travis Lewis--Two games into the season, Lewis is on pace to have less than 100 tackles, something that hasn't happened in either of his first two seasons as a Sooner linebacker. He has only 14, although that's just one behind the team leader, strong safety Jonathan Nelson. But don't expect that to last, as he could have a breakout game this weekend.

OU will win if: They can contain quarterback Tim Jefferson, running back Asher Clark and the rest of the Air Force triple option attack. The Falcons possess a unique offense that few teams run anymore, and the Sooners need to stop it.

Air Force players to watch:

1. RB Asher Clark--He leads the Falcon rushing attack with 209 yards and also has a touchdown run. He's averaging 102.5 yards per game and 6.8 yards per rush. Expect the 5-foot-8, 185 lb. junior to get plenty of touches.

2. LB Brady Amack--The 6-foot, 225 lb. linebacker is tied for second on the team with 13 tackles, and he had a 50-yard interception return in the opener against Northwestern State. Amack also has 1.5 sacks for a loss of five yards.

Air Force will win if: They continue to have success in their option game. Just like the most important thing for the Sooners is stopping the triple option attack, the most critical thing for the Falcons is getting it rolling. There are just so many different types of plays they can run in the option game, and so if they can get it going, they could cause the Sooner defense havoc.


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