When looking at the Oklahoma Sooners 2013 college football schedule, most people circled the Notre Dame game in week four as the big one to keep track of. Sure, West Virginia came first and they gave OU all they could handle in 2012, but this was not the same Mountaineers. With that game over with, West Virginia proved to be a shell of their former selves, but then again, so did OU – at least offensively.
Now, as the Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulsa Hurricane game rears its head, it is this third game – and not that Notre Dame game – that seems to be the one that will tell a lot about what this year’s Sooners team will eventually look like. This is the week that Blake Bell gets his chance to prove he deserves to lead this team.
A lot of fans were chanting for Bell as Trevor Knight struggled for his second week in a row. After two very costly interceptions, the fans got their wish and the Belldozer ran out onto the field. He attempted a total of one pass in the fourth quarter – an incompletion. While some fans feel that Knight can’t do what it takes to win in the passing game, the truth is that Bell hasn’t proven that he can either.
Fans love the Belldozer, but that is because of his hardnosed running – not his arm. If Bell can’t turn this passing attack around, fans might be chanting for Kendal Thompson – another running quarterback – next.
Honestly, there is little chance that a bad game by Bell will hurt OU’s chances of beating Tulsa. Sure, the Hurricane were a solid team in 2012, and have been for a few years now, but they are not in Oklahoma’s league and the Sooners’ defense is what will win this game.
In two games, Tulsa has committed five turnovers and that has to be something that OU’s defense is chomping at the bits for. With Gabe Lynn, Aaron Colvin and Corey Nelson anchoring that defensive backfield, this could be a game where OU’s defense once again bails its offense out time and time again. Oklahoma has only given up one touchdown, and it was on a 75 yard run. Other than that, they have shut down their last two opponents.
While Tulsa gained 427 yards against Colorado State, the Oklahoma Sooners are not the Colorado State Rams. This game shouldn’t be close, no matter how good or bad Blake Bell plays.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulsa Hurricane Prediction:
- Oklahoma Sooners: 38
- Tulsa Hurricane: 6