By Ryan Neeley
Thanks to the Oklahoma Sooners bye week, the players had this past weekend off and the coaches went out recruiting, but here are 5 things that they should have worked on this past week to prepare for the upcoming game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage on Offense
Notre Dame has one of the best defensive lines in the country. Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt entered this season as Preseason All-American and on many first round draft boards. These two have struggle so far this season, but should still be respected as a force. The Oklahoma offensive line has done well providing running lanes for the running backs, but has seemed to struggle with pass blocking. The o line has allowing 4 sacks in the first 3 games and will need to improve if they expect to keep Blake Bell upright against the best defensive line they have seen at this point in the season. Using the run game to open up the pass game to open up the pass game might also be effective in slowing down the pass rush.
Getting to the Quarterback
While OU has been able to make the pocket uncomfortable for opposing quarterbacks they only have 3 sacks through the first 3 games. Against Notre Dame the pass rush will have to be better and sacking quarterback Tommy Rees will help turn the game in our favor. While Rees is not a mobile quarterback he tears teams up with his arm and Oklahoma needs to make the pocket an uncomfortable place for him to be. This may cause turnovers and turnovers could decide the game.