A week after derailing the Ohio State Buckeyes, in Columbus, the Oklahoma Sooners are returning home holding the nation’s #2 ranking. Opposing the Sooners this weekend will be a much different defense than the one OU faced at Ohio State last week. The Green Wave won’t be as powerful up front as the Buckeyes were, but they may actually be a bit more solid in the secondary.
Tulane leads the American Athletic Conference against the pass and are sixth against the run. Baker Mayfield is going to do Baker Mayfield things, and while it’s undeniable Tulane hasn’t seen a passing attack to the same caliber that Oklahoma is going to bring, its also undeniable that the rushing attack is going to have the opportunity to shine.
Run the ball to set up the pass
The Green Wave is allowing opposing running backs an average of 3.7 yards per carry. They’ve yet to see an offensive line like Oklahoma’s and should be overpowered at the point of attack. The Sooners honestly should be able to do whatever they want offensively but it’ll most likely start with the run.
Be efficient in the passing game
Opposing quarterbacks are only completing 48.7% of their passing attempts against Tulane. The Green Wave have nabbed two interceptions on the year while only allowing a single score through the air. Oklahoma shouldn’t find themselves in very many situations where they’re forced to pass, and being effective through the air on first and second downs will help ensure that.
Play a clean game
With Baylor and Iowa State on the horizon, there should be zero chance of this being a trap game for Oklahoma. However, that doesn’t eliminate potential for there to be a hangover. Penalties and turnovers are often the products of the “hangover” from a big win.
Score a lot of points
Here’s why this is important. Clemson is playing at Louisville and USC is hosting Texas. Tulane and Iowa State, with a road trip to Baylor sandwiched in between, isn’t necessarily a gauntlet of a schedule. That’s what the Sooners have coming up over the next three months. After planting the flag at Ohio Stadium last week, OU is stepping out of the limelight for the next month. Lighting up scoreboards is how Oklahoma will remain relevant.
Offensive Players To Watch
Running back Trey Sermon | According to the latest depth chart release, its Sermon’s show now. The freshman is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has a team-high 113 rushing yards. He scored his first touchdown last week on a 10-yard pass reception last week, proving his versatility.
Fullback Dimitri Flowers | There may be no better x-factor in college football right now than Flowers. He’s scored both on the ground and through the air in Oklahoma’s two wins this season. The ability to play out of the backfield, on the line as a tight end, or out wide as a receiver makes him a guy to keep an eye on.
Receiver Jeff Badet | Possibly the most discussed topic in the offseason was who would replace Dede Westbrook in Oklahoma’s offense. Two weeks in the season we have that question answered with the Kentucky graduate transfer Jeff Badet who is tied with Mark Andrews for a team-high nine receptions. Badet is averaging 19.2 yards per catch and leads the Sooners with 173 receiving yards.