Oklahoma-Colorado Pregame Notes

The Sooners and Buffaloes will kick off at 6 p.m. tonight in Norman. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 38-16-2 overall and 19-7 in Norman. See inside for more news, notes and quotes previewing the game.

Kickoff
6 p.m. CST. -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112) -- Norman, Okla.

The Matchup
Colorado (1-6, 1-1) comes into Saturday's riding game high after knocking off Texas Tech, 30-6, last weekend in Boulder. The win ended their 10-game losing streak, which dated back to Nov. 12 of last of 2005. The Buffaloes, who began the season with an embarrassing 19-10 home loss to Montana State, have lost their six games by an average of just 8.3 points per game. Their other five losses have come against Colorado State in Denver (14-10), Arizona State at home (21-3), at Georgia (14-13), at Missouri (28-13) and a triple-overtime defeat at home to Baylor (34-31).

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net. Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Dave Lapham (analyst) and Jim Knox (sideline) will call the game.

The game can be heard on the radio in Oklahoma on KOKC 1520 AM. It is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 155. To listen to the OU radio broadcast live on the internet with Bob Barry, Sr., Merv Johnson and Mark Rodgers, click the link below and then click the top photo on the page.

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The Rankings
The Sooners are ranked No. 20 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Polls. The Buffaloes are unranked.

The Series
The Sooners, who have won four straight against the Buffaloes, lead the all-time series 38-16-2 overall and 19-7 in Norman.

The Coaches
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is 79-18 in his eighth season in Norman and 4-1 against the Buffaloes. Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins is 1-6 in his first season in Boulder. Hawkins, who is the Buffaloes 23rd head football in the school's history, built an impressive 53-11 record in five seasons at Boise State. In modern history, only Marshall's Bob Pruett, USC's Pete Carroll and Stoops have won more games in their first five seasons than Hawkins.

Strength of Schedule
After Saturday's win over Iowa State, Oklahoma's strength of schedule rating against past opposition dropped from 15th to 23rd. Their SOS against future opponents is ranked 43rd and their combined SOS is currently 27th. Colorado has an SOS of No. 55 against past opposition.

About Colorado
Offensively, the Buffaloes currently rank 106th out of 119 teams nationally in scoring offense (15.71 ppg) and 103rd in total offense (285.43 ypg). They are 115th in passing offense (117.71 ypg) and 30th in rushing offense (167.71 ypg).

Defensively, Colorado is 46th in scoring defense (19.43 ppg) and 54th in total defense (323.0 ypg). They are 9th in rushing defense (77.43 ypg) and 104th in passing defense (245.57 ypg).

Punter Matt DiLallo ranks 8th nationally with a 44.79 average yards. Kicker Mason Crosby, a first-team All-American last season and runner-up for last year's Lou Groza Award, is 6th nationally in field goals made. So far this season, Crosby is 11-for-16 on field goals (long of 56) and 11-for-11 on extra points. His career-long of 58-yards came last season against Miami.

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About Oklahoma
Offensively, the Sooners currently rank 19th nationally in scoring offense (32.83 ppg) and 24th in total offense (396.5 ypg). They are 41st in passing offense (224.83 ypg) and 35th in rushing offense (171.67 ypg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is 37th in scoring defense (18.0 ppg) and 33rd in total defense (292.33 ypg). The Sooners are 49th in rushing defense (122.0 ypg) and 28th in passing defense (170.33 ypg).

Punter Michael Cohen ranks 35th nationally with a 41.17 yard average. Kicker Garrett Hartley, who is second in the nation in field goals made per game and ninth in scoring, is 12-for-13 on field goal attempts (long of 46) and a perfect 23-for-23 on extra points.

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Bob Stoops on Colorado
"We're anxious to play this week against a good Colorado team here for homecoming. Though their record says 1-6, we have seen them and studied them and they're doing a really good job.

"Tight loss to Georgia at Georgia. Their defense the entire year has played really well. Offensively, they have moved the ball on everybody. Their quarterback, Jackson, makes a lot of plays with his feet and scrambling around. And they put it all together last week with a really sound win over Texas Tech.

"So our players are very aware that they are a good football team — that they've I'm sure had some early growing pains with a new system and all the new coaches that are just their for their first year."

Kevin Wilson on Colorado's Defense
Colorado is playing outstanding defense. They're holding opponents to 70 yards rushing. I think they've held four opponents under the 100-yard mark, and I think they've held six opponents under the 124-yard mark. One team has rushed for more than 124 yards, so they play great run defense.

And a lot of times, they're playing great defense out of a cover two, but they're stopping the run and they're doing it with team effort. I think their guess will be are they thinking we're going to pass playing coverages or do they think we're going to run. I just think that's a guessing match that the coordinators are playing as you're calling plays throughout the game.

I think the way we've been playing, we'll have a great challenge with Colorado, in the way they play, to run the ball. We were going to have a great challenge with Adrian Peterson.

I mean, they held Georgia to 54 yards rushing and they've played very well every week in run defense. So we're going to have to get our run game going as best as we can, compliment it with the pass, and that was going to be a huge challenge with our without Adrian.

Brent Venables on Colorado's Offense
They move that pocket. Every other snap, that quarterback's (Bernard Jackson) on the move. Great athlete.

They do more moving, shifting, motioning pre-snap than anybody we've played in eight years. Nobody's remotely close. They do a lot before the ball is snapped, and they do it for obvious reasons.

There's a lot of window dressing, but a lot of it is to create confusion and get you out of gaps to get you thinking and temper your aggressiveness. So we'll need to really be sharp as much as anything mentally, as well as physically, because he's going to force you to run around all over the field to corral him.

He's their leading rusher if you take away the sacks. That just tells you he's carrying the ball a great deal. They've got a lot of run-pass options on their sprint plays and their boot plays, and a lot of quarterback-designed run plays as well. They utilize a lot of their weapons, particularly their tight ends, in a lot of different ways.

They're very well-coached, very good schemes. They know how to get leverage on you. And again, talking about all the jumping, the trading, the shifting and motioning pre-snap. They know how to get you mis-aligned six inches off here or there and they've got a crease.

That's how they're able to run the ball effectively, let alone a very talented back in Charles, who was in my recruiting area the same year we signed Adrian or else he might've been a guy we would've had a chance to get. Very, very talented player.

Dan Hawkins on Oklahoma
"Those guys had a very tight knit system in place for a while and I don't think you're going to see them deviate a whole bunch (without Peterson). They are a little bit like us, where they have some different elements from many offenses in what they do. The guy that they have backing him up is pretty good as well, so I don't think you're going to see a huge departure from what they do.

"I just think that is the assumption sometimes, people think ‘Oh hey they are going to drop off.' Well, it's Division I football. There are scholarships, there are other guys that can play, and they will have other guys that can play. So I think to make that assumption [is wrong], and again if you watch their offensive line, they are pretty good up front.

"You know, guys like you and I could probably get some yards in there. They do a nice job of blocking people, they will have capable backups, and they have a good system. They aren't just going to let you lay in there and hammer on people. Their quarterback is doing a nice job and they've got good receivers. I just think you can overplay that sometimes.

"I think for most people to think when they lost [former QB] Rhett Bomar they aren't going to be able to do anything but hand it to Adrian Peterson, that has not been the case at all. They've thrown the ball, so he is very good in that area.

"It (Oklahoma's defense) kind of reminds me of when I went swimming with the sharks in South Africa, it is scary.

"Obviously, Coach [Bob] Stoops has always been one of the great defensive coaches in the country. They've got it all. They are big, tall, fast and athletic, they can pressure you. They don't give up big plays, they are good in every single way and you don't look at them and go ‘Oh, we'll get them on that.' You just don't. You've got to go earn your yards, earn your first downs and earn your touchdowns because they are not going to give you anything."


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