So only 2 weeks away… let’s talk football… the big game…
I have been watching last year’s Oklahoma team on Youtube. Thank goodness Shepherd is in the pros now. Mayfield is the real, real deal. He only needs a second to make something happen. If we played a typical defense he would carve us up like Thanksgiving. Fortunately, our aggressive defense and dozens of blitzes give us a better chance. Quick slants may kill us.
As we know, the Air Raid is not infallible and can get in long unproductive ruts for stretches during games. Fortunately we know the system well. Riley runs a true Leach Air Raid (Not the Holgersen variety). Not a lot of motion. Doesn’t run much.
I suspect we will try to run as much as we can to set up the pass, in order to eat clock. Oklahoma struggled mightily against running QBs, and Deshaun Watson had a literal field day against them. Greg Ward presents the same dilemma to them.
We will give up some big plays, but I hope that our penchant for turning over opponents will win the day for us. I also hope we can wear them down and just get them out of sync. Once the Air Raid gets rattled, it can turn into ugly ball quickly. I hope that happens.
My hope is that this game is Catalon’s coming out party and we just run all over OU. I think the combo of Ward and Catalon and our big physical receivers should allow us to run.
But this is a top 5 program we are facing and it is not gonna be easy by any stretch. I am glad we got them first game. Lots of time to prepare, and maybe we can catch them not quite ready for the season yet.