Bedlam: Sooners' Three Keys to Victory

NORMAN, Okla. — We're just about 24 hours away from Bedlam kickoff, and it's time to delve into just what the Sooners have to do to win. Sooners Illustrated breaks down the three keys to Sooner victory right here.

1. Make things miserable in the pocket for OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden--Like any great quarterback, where Weeden has his most success is when he''s sitting back in the pocket with all day to make decisions, and he shreds opposing defenses apart. OU can ill-afford to let him do that this weekend. Defensive end Frank Alexander must lead the charge in flushing him out of the pocket to make throws on the run. Do that, and there's a good chance he won't be able to torch the Sooners via Justin Blackmon nearly as often.

2. Grind it out--For once, a high-paced game doesn't really favor the Sooners. Instead, co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel must find a way to get running backs Roy Finch and Brandon Williams and the Sooner ground game going. The Cowboys rank just 93rd in the country in rushing defense, so the opportunity is there for OU to really wreak havoc in the rushing attack. Using the Bellcat formation more frequently with backup quarterback Blake Bell might be a good option, too. Any way OU can win the time of possession and keep the OSU offense off the field as much as possible is a plus.

3. No turnovers--About the only way the Oklahoma State defense has shown it could stop anyone this year is by forcing turnovers. Eliminate those, and the Sooners may go for 50 points. Even with that high-octane offense, it'll be tough for the Cowboys to keep up, should that be the case. The Sooners must take care of the football.

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