Sooners vs. Buffs Pregame: Breaking It Down

Sooners Illustrated digs deeper into this weekend's big contest between No. 9 OU and Colorado.

The Matchup:

It's the last ever Big 12 meeting between these two programs before CU bolts to the Pac-10, and it features a bounce back game for both teams, as the Sooners fell last weekend to Missouri 36-27, and the Buffaloes dropped a close one to Texas Tech 27-24. The Sooners need to get a big victory for style points on their chase still towards a national championship, while CU is working for win No. 4 to get closer to bowl eligibility.

OU players to watch:

1. RB Roy Finch--He's been electric in his first two games when OU's got him touches. Teams have really had no answer for him in two outings, as Finch has racked up 151 yards on 25 carries, good for 6.0 yards per carry. That's all after he sat the first five games with a foot injury.

2. DE Jeremy Beal--Beal leads the team both in tackles for loss and sacks, racking up twice as many in both categories as the next closest Sooner. The leader on the defensive line has 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, but couldn't manage any last week against Mizzou quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Expect that to be different this time around.

OU will win if: It finds a way to put together a good fourth quarter again for only the second time this season. The Sooners have won the fourth quarter just once this year and have been shut out twice, something that is very uncharacteristic of a Bob Stoops-coached team.

CU players to watch:

1. QB Cody Hawkins--He's in for the injured Tyler Hansen and is no stranger to facing the Crimson and Cream. Hawkins was the signal caller when the Buffaloes pulled off a 27-24 stunner a few years back in Boulder. OU must get pressure on him to force some mistakes.

2. LB Jon Major--Major leads the club with 57 tackles, good for 8.1 tackles per game. He also has a pair of passes broken up and a fumble recovery in seven games played so far throughout the 2010 campaign.

CU will win if: It can keep up with the Sooner offense. OU will put up a lot of points in this game, and the only question will be can the Buffaloes score enough points to stay in this game. The chances aren't real good.

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