Owen Field hasn’t been the safe-haven this 2012 season it has been in recent years for the Oklahoma Sooners. With both of their losses coming at home, the Sooners are hosting the Baylor Bears and their high-powered offense there this Saturday.
With the Bears high-powered offense comes in the WORST defensive unit in the country. Out of the 120 FBS teams, the Bears defense comes in at dead last. Which is a vast difference in their No. 1 ranked offense. The spread right now has Oklahoma by 21, which is possible, but the Sooners defensive unit is going to have to click on all cylinders to stop Bears QB Nick Florence. One of Florence’s main targets, WR Terrance Williams leads the country in yards per game and has caught a touchdown pass in 6 of the 7 last games for the Bears. The Sooners defense is the only in the Big XII who hasn’t allowed a 300-yard passing game by their opponents, so it will be interesting to see how the defense responds to Baylor.
Unfortunately for the Bears, Sooners QB Landry Jones has turned around his play from earlier on in the season. Out of the last four Sooner games, Jones has thrown for 300+ yards. Against this defense, Jones has options anywhere he looks, so to know where he will focus most of his attention at is a toss-up. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of running back Brennan Clay. He had his breakout performance last week, and to get him some more touches will only improve his confidence.
It is a given that the Sooners will score on this defense, but keeping the Bears offense under control is the biggest obstacle. The Sooners defense has seemed to have slowed down on the momentum they had going earlier in the season and this would be the week that they need to show up.