The Sooners are barley inside the top 20 and another loss would drop them out a long ways perhaps with the meat of the Big 12 schedule coming up.
Is this storied program in trouble with the likes of Texas A&M and Texas on the rise?
The Sooners still have their star quarterback Landry Jones, who has all the pieces to still become a future first round pick.
However, he better make some adjustments because he no longer has the teammates to piggy back and rely on carrying this team towards Big 12 titles and BCS appaearances.
The offensive line has simply been bad and the strong running game is the only thing this team can hang onto these days.
Damien Williams and Dominique Whaley have ran for nearly 500 yards in just three games, but the ‘Belldozer’ known as Blake Bell has been stuck in neutral.
Just ten carries for 1 total TD is a bit sad since this was a potential dark horse Heisman contender if the reservations for six would have eclipsed a dozen.
Instead, Oklahoma is having issues finding the end zone as of late and the run defense was ran over by Collin Klein and John Hubert.
The Red Raiders have found a bit of a running threat with Eric Stephen Jr and Eric Ward since they often have gaping holes aginst defensive fronts that are always preparing to defend the pass.
Life with only five or six in the box is so enjoyable if you a superstar back, but even a suspect Sooners run defense will not be fearing a backfield that is still middle of the pack at best in the Big 12.
Oklahoma’s defense is lacking the elite future NFL edge rushers like they have had every season since the BCS era started (1998).
While they don’t have the beef up front nor the athletes to be considered the Big 12’s best, they have plenty of pieces in the secondary to hang with these talented Red Raider receivers.
Javon Bell, Eric Ward and Jace Amaro may be your most underrated trio of receivers in the country, but Seth Doege is the one that drives the to the finish line.
Doege already has 15 TD (3 INT) in just four games and he is completing a ridiculous 71.4% of his passes.
Oklahoma should be able to come after Doege just enough in the fourth quarter, but it will be Jones and the Sooners offense that finally puts together a balanced attack to get the W.
Network: ABC (ESPN Gameplan)
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Experts Pick: OU by 5.5
Danny V’s Pick: Oklahoma 31, Texas Tech 24