With a Big 12 Championship on the line and College Football Playoff implications, the Oklahoma Sooners hit the road. Taking on the Baylor Bears, here are three players who must perform on the offensive side of the ball.
Throughout the course of the season, Rhamondre Stevenson found himself picking up carries toward the end of each contest. Despite the limited action, the running back displayed a physical style of play. However, Stevenson remains deceptively quick when hitting the open field. Expected to receive an increase in responsibility, the junior fills a void left by the injury to Trey Sermon. Assuming Lincoln Riley utilizes the rushing attack to set up the pass, multiple backs must produce in various facets of the game. As the change of pace and the more physical of the options, expect Stevenson to wear down a stout defense on Saturday.
The starting five of the offensive line have experience turmoil due to health concerns all year long. Most recently, Adrian Ealy experienced an early exit against the Iowa State Cyclones. Subplanted by Erik Swenson who usually holds down the position at left tackle, the front once again shifted to accommodate the move. Likely a game time decision, Ealy’s health and availability remain a concern. In the event that the sophomore fails to appear in Saturday’s pairing with the Baylor Bears, R.J. Proctor becomes the direct beneficiary of the vacated playing time.
While it may not be exclusively at the guard, Proctor most likely appears somewhere on the field. In recent outings, the transfer has been a liability. Knowing the Bears possess the league’s top run defense, Bill Bedenbough will undoubtedly place a lot of trust in Proctor. It’s now or never for the senior to deliver.
Clearly the top receiver on the roster, CeeDee Lamb is averaging 22.3 yards per reception. Yet, no one in the country has more receiving touchdowns than the junior. An integral part of the offense, Lamb likely lines up opposite of Jameson Houston. Against TCU, the defensive back limited one of the best playmakers in the country to a single catch. On Saturday, Houston will once again look to limit an electric player stifling a high-flying offense. Needless to say, the Sooners count on Lamb to be make plays consistently. He’ll need to get the better of Houston this weekend.