OU vs. Texas Preview Special: Part II

Sooners Illustrated breaks down some of the issues both teams are facing heading into the biggest game of the year.

Oklahoma's Two Biggest Concerns:

1. The defense's inconsistency--It's easy to look at statistics and not get the whole picture. A good example of that is the Sooner defense's play in the first four games. Yes, they've given up 400 or more yards in three of the four contests, but there have been good moments where they've clamped down. One instance was the other night when the defense was put in a presser cooker situation in the fourth quarter, up just 24-22 and with Cincinnati setting up shop on OU's side of the 50. They came up with a huge three-and-out. It's just the fact that they've given up huge plays that have overshadowed these good moments. The defense must be more consistent in giving up more singles and less home runs when surrendering yards, to use a baseball metaphor.

2. Inability to put teams away--This isn't to say Texas won't be in the game in the fourth quarter, but if OU is even up a touchdown or 10 points and has a chance to add to that lead, they need to. OU has let three opponents that were down at least 15 points rally back to within one possession with a chance to tie or win it. That's inexcusable, and it can't happen against Texas.

Texas' Two Biggest Concerns:

1. Its lack of offense-The Sooner defense maybe be struggling in giving up a lot of big plays, but the Longhorns haven't been creating a whole lot of them offensively. In fact, they rank 76th offensively in yards per game. And mind you, that's against defenses such as Rice, Wyoming, Texas Tech and UCLA. None of those are higher than 67th in the FBS in yards allowed.

2. Turnovers--Quarterback Garrett Gilbert has struggled in his first four games on his way to the nation's 77th best quarterback rating of 119.8. He has tossed four interceptions while throwing only four touchdown passes. And the Horns have also fumbled it away six times. This game comes down to turnovers more often than not, and that's a scary stat for the Red River Southsiders.

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