Defense Limits WVU to Less Than 100 Rushing Yards
The front seven of this Oklahoma defense have been extremely productive throughout the first quarter of the season. In three games against varying levels of talent, the program has refused to give up more than 100 yards on the ground. Keeping the trend alive, this group will attempt to limit Leddie Brown — who recently recorded 161 yards in a single outing — to less than 100 yards again. West Virginia is just now starting to find some footing in the rushing attack posting 198 yards against LIU and another 180 versus Virginia Tech. Utilizing the ball carriers to take pressure off the quarterback is a tactic many expect to see employed by WVU on Saturday. How successful will the group be against OU? My guess is not very even without Jalen Redmond on the field.
Rattler Tosses a 300+ Game
In three starts, Spencer Rattler has yet to dazzle fans with throws deep over the defense. It’s limited the number on the stat sheet to 253.7 yards per game. Despite the numbers on a piece of paper, the quarterback has all the tools necessary to carve up a secondary like that of the Mountaineers. On Saturday, expect Rattler to do just that while eclipsing the 300-yard barrier for just the second time this season.
Oklahoma Secures The First Defensive Score of the Year
Securing numerous fumbles to a single interception, the Sooners have gained seven turnovers this year. With an athletic defense across the board, the group is hungry yet again. Knowing West Virginia has been turnover prone should have the secondary licking their chops. Needless to say, there will be turnovers in this game. Going out on a limb, I’m saying the defensive backs not only are the cause of at least one of those…but that they’ll return it for a score. This will be the first game in which Oklahoma scores on the defensive side of the ball.