The Oklahoma Sooners are entering week three without their starting quarterback and although they are 2-0, they have a ton of questions to answer after losing Trevor Knight for a couple weeks with a knee injury. After an ugly 16-7 win against West Virginia, the Sooners will have a nice tune-up game in week three.
On the other side of the field, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are entering week three with a 1-1 record and coming off a close victory over Colorado State in week two, 30-27. Losing in blowout fashion in week one, Tulsa needed to come back with a vengeance in week two, and they did that.
Oklahoma’s offense is not the same as it was in years past. The passing attack behind now-injured Trevor Knight has been anything but impressive. The freshman quarterback has 205 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions in his first two games. He may be out in week two with Blake Bell getting the likely start. Brennan Clay and Damien Williams combine for one of the best rushing attacks in the country.
Tulsa possesses a pedestrian offense. Ranking toward the bottom of the nation in most offensive categories, the Golden Hurricane average just 350 yards per game behind the arm of senior quarterback Cody Green. He has 384 yards with three touchdowns and an interception so far in 2013.
Defensively, Oklahoma has allowed just 3.5 points per game so far this season. They have yet to allow a team to reach the 400 yard mark on offense, although they were close to that, allowing West Virginia to rack up 387 total yards but just seven points. Tulsa’s rush defense has been poor this season, allowing 200 yards rushing per game through the first two weeks. The front seven need some help because the Sooners could run all over the defense.
Tulsa will travel to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 14. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Tulsa 3, Oklahoma 30
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