SoonersIllustrated.com is going to set the stage every week breaking down Oklahoma's game during the 2013 season.
No. 17 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2) at No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1)
When: 11 a.m. CST
OU's biggest question going into the game
How well will OU take care of the football? The recipe for disaster is there. A quarterback in Trevor Knight who fully admitted he has never played in a bad weather game in his life. He said Kansas State was the worst he has been in.
An inexperienced quarterback on the road going against a team that is among the nation's best in creating turnovers doesn't sound like an ideal situation for the Sooners.
Turnovers tell the story in just about every game, but it is only going to be magnified in this one because each mistake is going to be costly. OSU has forced 29 turnovers this season against just 13 giveaways of their own.
How well OU takes care of the football is going to be rooted in just how successful it is at running the ball. If the Sooners can make quality gains on first and second down, then it won't force itself to be in tough passing situations on third and long.
And for as much talk about the inexperience of Knight, OU does have that solid foundation of seniors like Brennan Clay, Roy Finch and Jalen Saunders to go along with an offensive line that has proven to get the job done.
It will have to once again Saturday.
OSU's biggest question going into the game
Will OSU rely on Chelf to duplicate his Baylor outing? It's not really a question, feels like more of a certainty. The Cowboys in no way should be expecting Clint Chelf to have another day like he did against Baylor.
That's a once in a lifetime game. He brought it on the biggest stage possible. More than 400 yards of total offense, 19-of-25 passing for 370 yards and three touchdowns – not likely to ever do it again.
So the key is for OSU to not fall in love with what Chelf did two weeks ago. This is a run-heavy offense with some timely passing.
And with four receivers with at least 30 receptions, the wealth is spread around as well. This isn't a one-man show type of team. Cowboys must stick to what got them here.
"I had a chance to play them a few times I guess three and four years ago or two or three when I was at Arizona, so you could see those guys evolving in their skill. I just think their overall structure of what they do, and they're very well coached, and they have a purpose for what they're doing in each situation." – OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on how the OSU program has improved in recent years
Gone the whole season without talking about the OU quarterback and that stops this week. For OU to pull off the upset victory in Bedlam, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight is going to have to be on. He will have to have full command of the offense and situation. Even that might not be enough, but OU stands no chance if Knight is not 100 percent prepared.
OSU 24, OU 23. Think this is going to be a good one that showcases to the nation the type of football played in the state of Oklahoma. Brennan Clay is able to have some success running the ball, but a costly turnover in the fourth quarter swings to the tide toward the Cowboys and OU is unable to pull out a last-minute drive to come from behind for the victory.