The Oklahoma Sooners head into their toughest game of the season this week against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. With a defense that has lost two of its best starters, and an offense that can’t seem to get on track, OU has a lot of work to do if they want to escape this game with a win. Here is a look at five Sooners players to watch in the Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech game.
The Blake Bell that came out in his first game as a starter and threw for over 400 yards, igniting the crowd, has disappeared. The same fans who cheered for him to come in and take over the starting quarterback position are now demanding that he head back to the bench. He has not thrown for 200 yards in three games and has three interceptions to only two touchdowns in that time.
Plus, he lost to the Texas Longhorns.
Winning can cure a lot of ills, and if Blake Bell can find that mojo he had when he first won the starting job and beat the 10th ranked team in the nation, he can start to win the fans back over. To do that, Bell has to start making better decisions. He is not playing horribly, but he is not making the big plays when OU needs to make them. He needs to settle in and find his open men. He needs to not force the ball into tight spots. He needs to use his legs more and just run instead of throwing a bad pass.
Over all, he needs to throw the ball to Sterling Shepard more. Blake Bell has to play a smart game if OU has any chance to upset Texas Tech.
Freshman Red Raiders quarterback Davis Webb is not playing like a freshman. He is the first freshman quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in each of his first two starts and OU has to break that streak here. Jace Amaro is the leading receiver on the Red Raiders’ team and he has nine receptions in the past five games. He also has 279 yards receiving since Webb took over. It is up to Aaron Colvin, the best cornerback on the Sooners’ team, to lock down on Amaro and take away Webb’s favorite target. If Colvin can do the job Sooners’ faithful knows he can, OU can limit the Red Raiders’ looks.