OU Sooners prepare for massive showdown
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 07, 2017,
Sep 07, 2017, 20:52
Oklahoma thrives on it, and does it as well as any team in the country. Ohio State's secondary allowed IN to pass for 420 yards IN the season opener and they will be tested once again by a very good Sooners' passing attack led by quarterback Baker Mayfield.
"We go as fast as I go", Price said while catching his breath after a morning practice last month. He's 6-foot-5, 254 pounds with great hands, vision and precise route running. Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano even said this defensive line is better than the line he coached at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over his career, Andrews averages a touchdown per every four receptions. It hasn't seemed to matter.
The senior signal-caller is looking to post huge numbers after accumulating 3,965 passing yards with 40 touchdowns and only eight picks a year ago.
According to CFBFilmRoom.com, Andrews was the second-most targeted receiver in Oklahoma's offense past year, behind Heisman Trophy candidate DeeDee Westbrook. Once the conference schedule begins, half the teams in the Big Ten will win and half will lose because they're playing each other. Fourteen players got to catch a ball rolling up 496 yards in the game. He's good after the catch, showing off some moves against UTEP that shouldn't be made from a player his size.
Defensively, it took them four games last year before they forced a turnover, unlike this year when they've already created one.
The battle in the trenches has been the most anticipated aspect of the game all week.
Oklahoma heads into this week's showdown with Ohio State with bad memories from last season's meeting.
But with Irma due to become one of the largest and most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall on the United States, the two visiting teams have changed their plans. That starts with either implementing a nickel back package or trusting its linebackers to man up on the threatening tight end. "He can definitely get open".
In 2016, Oklahoma got up off the canvas after Ohio State pummeled them on their own field. A win for either team this weekend would be that team's best win of the season so far.
Clemson and Penn State round out the other two top five spots at third and fourth, respectively. Enter true freshman J.K. Dobbins, who proceeded to rip the Hoosiers for 181 yards on the ground.
"I'm a very analytical kind of guy, so I like that as a challenge", he said of his shift to center.
Mayfield threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns while completing 19 of his 20 pass attempts in just one half of play as the No. 7-ranked Sooners molly-whooped the Miners for a 56-7 victory in front of a sold out crowd of 86,076 fans in Norman.
But in the meantime, Martell is doing his part both to get the Buckeyes ready and continuing to build up the hype for whenever he gets a shot to go to work in Ohio Stadium.
This Ohio State team came out swinging a year ago and the Sooners didn't know how to counter then. In doing so, he became the closest thing to a governor on the racecar of an enhanced offense that Urban Meyer & Co. are hoping to import from southern IN along with new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.