Nov 17, 2012; Stillwater OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Isaiah Anderson (82) celebrates after a touchdown during the second quarter against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

OU Football: Scouting the Oklahoma State Cowboy offense


Bedlam week is upon us, so let’s dive in to scouting a Cowboys team that will definitely pose a challenge to the Sooners. Even if it is in Norman, expect the Oklahoma State offense to give OU trouble.

They feature one of the best offensive groups in the country, and here is how they stack up against OU’s defensive averages:

Okla. State’s Offense

Split

Oklahoma’s Defense

23.6

Pass Cmp

16.0

37.0

Pass Att 31.6

63.8

Comp Pct

50.6

337.0

Pass Yds

185.2

2.6

Pass TD’s

0.7

40.0

Rush Att

38.2

216.7

Rush Yds

185.3

5.4

Yards Per Carry

4.9

2.7

Rush TD

1.7

77.0

Plays

69.8

553.7

Total Yds

370.5

7.2

Yards Per Play

5.3

6.5

Penalties

4.3

62.5

Penalty Yds

31.2

0.6

Fumbles

0.2

1.3

Int.

1.1

1.9

Turnover Total

1.3

As you can tell, Oklahoma State has a very balanced attack that has allowed them to put up points rather easily. They have done so behind thousand-yard rusher Joseph Randle and have dipped in to the depth chart for quarterbacks.

Even with injuries bothering this team throughout the season, third-string Clint Chelf has had success as OSU’s gunslinger in his first two outings. He is expected to start, but Gundy is a secretive man.

Who knows how much we will see of J.W. Walsh, who did play last week. Walsh could be called in to finish drives, but in a similar Blake Bell-like position, you would think OU’s defense would be able to pick up on it.

The true key to Saturday is can Oklahoma put Morgantown in the past and get back to being one of the Big 12′s best defensive units. OU was torched by the Mountaineers, but give a lot of credit to Tavon Austin. He is not the type of athlete you see on a weekly basis.

Not to say the Cowboys don’t have a few athletes of their own, but Austin is a special player and they have to just be thankful they won’t have to face him again.

They will face Joseph Randle, though. He is a great running back, and OU’s run defense has been weak this season.

So can the Sooners settle in on defense and contain the Pokes? Or will the Cowboys run rampid in Norman?

 

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