"You've got to be able to keep them from just teeing off on you all game long". The unit led the conference in fewest sacks allowed. While Oklahoma has a variety of receiving options, there isn't a true established receiving threat yet.
"People might put the headline that it's J.T. Barrett and I, " Mayfield said.
Although he only threw for 152 yards, the Buckeyes also picked up 306 on the ground. He accounted for 365 total yards in the game, bringing his career total to 9,211 yards, a school record.
In the season's second week, it is, in fact, a must-win for the Big 12.
IN fans reveled in their team's third-quarter lead over Ohio State last Thursday, sending chants of "overrated!" toward the field. His 74-yard touchdown catch and run in the third quarter put Ohio State ahead for good. Mayfield averaged 10.2 yards per attempt (14.7 per completion) in those two seasons.
If Weber returns OU will face a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield, a supreme test for the Sooners' revamped 4-3 defense that UTEP couldn't provide.
One of the most anticipated matchups of the college football season is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night.
"They got us a year ago, " Mayfield said.
And they haven't lost since then.
According to CFBFilmRoom.com, Andrews was the second-most targeted receiver in Oklahoma's offense a year ago, behind Heisman Trophy candidate DeeDee Westbrook. "And we talked about it during camp".
Mayfield on the hurt from Ohio State loss LY: "We'd never been here to see a team sing their fight song on our field. Quite frankly, it's just embarrassing". Three defensive backs started for the Buckeyes for the first time against the Hoosiers, and it showed as IN quarterback Richard Lagow completed 40 of 65 passing for 410 yards and three scores. All six of those players won the award in one of those seasons (Griffin won it twice), and Mayfield is trying to join an exclusive club of legends of the sport.
Let me get down to the brass tax in this one.
"We've been through a lot this year, but we kept fighting", pass rushing specialist Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said in early December 2016. "That will be our main focus".
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"Love your brother, play for your brother, win for your brother". This game is likely to have College Football Playoff implications.
Fifteen players have earned top-10 finishes three times. We have to prepare that way. 17 of its last 24 games as an underdog.
Oklahoma opened the Lincoln Riley-era with a 56-7 win at home over UTEP last weekend. Mason Rudolph, who has been mentioned in several preseason Heisman Trophy conversations, was efficient through the air, completing 20 of 24 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The Sooners' talented offensive line will be key in opening lanes for sophomore running backs Rodney Anderson, Abdul Adams and junior running back Marcelias Sutton. "The Sooners have the better quarterback in this matchup, but that alone won't be enough". Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks.
The Buckeyes' area of vulnerability could be the secondary. 3 Florida State on a neutral field. "Thirty-eight plays of no gain or lost yardage". Ohio State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games against Big 12 opponents according to the OddsShark College Football Database.
"He's a great tight end", Ohio State safety Damon Webb said. In fact, the Sooners might actually throw the ball more than IN did.
"They have the same coordinator on both sides of the ball", Meyer said. "I told somebody this morning that I don't think that has much of an effect on it".