It’s hard to believe that three weeks of college football have already come and gone. The Sooners will begin their conference schedule coming off of a big win on the road at Nebraska. The win last week brought on some much earned attention and recognition for OU.
Oklahoma will need to keep things rolling as Deuce Vaughn and Kansas State come to Norman this weekend. Although Vaughn may be the biggest threat to the Sooners defense, the Wildcats also have a talented and familiar threat under center. Let’s take a look at this weeks QB matchup.
Dillon Gabriel kept his streak of no turnovers alive as he led the Sooners to a win over the Cornhuskers in Lincoln. He finished the game completing 59% of his passes for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Oklahoma offense did a lot of their damage on the ground. Gabriel managed to find the end zone with his feet once as well.
Without a doubt the most impressive part of his first three games is his ability to take care of the ball. He has missed some deep passes no doubt, but he never put the ball in danger. He is really good at putting the ball where only his guy can get it, or no one can.
This week he will be going up against a Wildcats defense that has given up just 29 points in three games. They’ve only allowed a total of 443 passing yards, and only one passing touchdown. There’s no doubt that this will be the best team that Gabriel and the Sooners have faced so far. That being said, Kansas State hasn’t faced an offense that is remotely close to the caliber of Oklahoma’s. This will definitely be big test for Gabriel, but I think the OU offense is going to find the end zone many times on Saturday.
Adrian Martinez should be familiar to Sooners fans because he came to Norman last year with Nebraska. If you remember, the kid is very quick on his feet. He is a dual threat QB that can beat you one way just as good as he can beat you the other way. But, he can also get rattled easily and begin to rely a little too much on his feet.
Last year with Nebraska he completed 19/25 for 289 yards and one touchdown pass. He also rushed for one touchdown and 34 yards. Although he is with a different team and the Sooners defense looks much different this year, I still think he is going to give OU a very tough time. This season he has completed 62% of his passes and thrown for 304 yards and one touchdown. Those stats won’t necessarily “pop out” at you, as it’s been a bit of a disappointing start to the season for Martinez and Kansas State as a whole.
Martinez has a lot to prove this weekend and that’s why Oklahoma needs to be cautious. I believe the defense can find ways to stop him, but he is still going to be dangerous. If the Sooners can get to him early I like the odds of shutting him down. But, if they somehow manage to stick around and gain some confidence it could be a long night for us all.
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