Oklahoma Sooners' Defense Raises Serious Questions

By Jamie Plunkett
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As the saying goes, defense wins championships, and after a 5-0 start, everything seemed to be going well for the Oklahoma Sooners. However, it wasn’t the defense that was making things happen. Instead, Blake Bell was playing well, the running game was moving the ball, and all roads seemed to lead straight to the Big 12 Championship. People didn’t talk about the defensive struggles, though, because the Sooners were still winning ballgames. That all changed after Saturday’s debacle against the Texas Longhorns, and now some big questions are being raised about the state of this Sooners’ D.

Over the last six quarters, including the second half of their game against the TCU Horned Frogs, the Oklahoma defense has allowed 694 yards of offense and 40 points. They’ve allowed two less-than-average quarterbacks, Trevone Boykin and Case McCoy, to complete 61.5 percent of their passes for 339 yards, and that’s not even the worst part.

Over the past three games (vs. TCU, Texas and Notre Dame), OU has been gashed for an average of 226 rushing yards per game, at a 5.3 yards per carry clip.

TCU and Texas also converted 57.1 percent of their third down attempts (16-of-28) during that time span, and dominated time of possession against the Sooners, holding the ball for 54:53 of 90 possible minutes.

This trend should be concerning to Oklahoma fans, who still have to face off against the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Baylor Bears in the coming weeks, the Big 12’s two undefeated teams, both of whom have incredibly high powered offenses. If the Sooners aren’t careful, they could find themselves sitting at 3-3 in the conference heading into the final three games of the season, and their rebuilding year could go from great to awful.

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