Cloudy Crystal Ball: Game 10

Oklahoma goes basic on offense behind Thomas, but the defensive struggles continue

Each week of the college football season brings its own set of crazy predictions. Some are out of this world. Some are just lazy and will definitely be achieved. We at Sooners Illustrated have our own set of weekly predictions. See what appears as we gaze into our cloudy crystal ball for Oklahoma’s Game 10 matchup against Texas Tech.

Texas Tech continues a trend of dominating the Sooners’ defense and throws for 300 yards . . . Four of the past six teams in Big 12 plays have thrown for more than 300 yards against the Oklahoma defense. The only two teams that didn’t achieved that mark were Kansas State, which didn’t need it, and Iowa State, which hasn’t won a Big 12 game this season – and probably won’t. Oklahoma’s inability to adjust in-game is obvious. Until the Sooners prove the ability to adjust at all, why would they be expected to do so.

Oklahoma leans heavily on the diamond formation and the triple option and rushes for 300 yards . . . With three healthy running backs and a less-than 100 percent quarterback – whether it’s banged-up Trevor Knight or back-up Cody Thomas – Oklahoma will lean on its power football. Already one of the stronger running programs in the conference, the Sooners draw one the worst rushing defense in the conference. Texas Tech allows an average of 246.6 yards per game. Samaje Perine is licking his chops right now.

Cody Thomas starts and doesn’t turn the ball over . . . Even if Knight is healthy enough to play, he won’t be 100 percent. There’s no reason to rush him back against Texas Tech. Thomas has shown two sides of his game. He was great in quick relief against Kansas State and struggled in blowout relief against Iowa State. The plan will be basic with Thomas in the game, because Oklahoma won’t have to do much. Thomas will be called on to do as little as possible and will do the one thing required of him – don’t turn it over.

What are your predictions?


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