The Six Shooter: Six OSU pregame thoughts entering Bedlam
STILLWATER — It might not be a Bedlam shootout we’ve come to know and love, but it’ll still be bedlam.
Let’s give the Six Shooter a spin:
Cowboy in the Crosshairs
Cornerback A.J. Green
The OSU senior cornerback loves the big stage, and has had some of his best games when star receivers have lined up across from him. Green said he began watching game tape on CeeDee Lamb and the other OU receivers when the Cowboys’ flight from West Virginia landed in Stillwater last Saturday. Green’s ability to contain Lamb, a Biletnikoff Award finalist, will be one of the keys to keeping OSU in the game.
Matchup that Matters
OSU receiver Dillon Stoner vs. OU cornerback Parnell Motley
Stoner has been thrust into the go-to receiver role after the injury to Tylan Wallace, and Stoner has excelled, with his three biggest games of the year, totaling 305 yards and five touchdowns on 16 catches. Motley’s season has had some ups and downs, including the ejection at Kansas State, but he has bounced back to lead a secondary that is 26th nationally in passing yards allowed.
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Number to Know
OU’s national ranking in turnover margin this season, with 16 turnovers by the offense and nine takeaways by the defense. During its four-game winning streak, OSU has 10 takeaways and has committed just two turnovers.
This has to be the combo, right? This is the final game of the season in Boone Pickens Stadium, and we’ve yet to see OSU’s most traditional look. And I think it’ll go all the way up to the OSU Brand logo on the helmet.
Bold Bowl Bloviating
Where will OSU go bowling? We’ll know much more after Saturday, but the ultimate destination will still depend on the Big 12’s playoff/New Year’s Six situation.
With a win: Camping World Bowl. Oddly enough, winning this game likely limits OSU’s chances of getting to the Alamo Bowl, because an OU loss seriously hurts the Big 12’s chances of 1) getting in the playoff, or 2) getting two New Year’s Six bowls.
With a loss: Texas Bowl. If you’ve been saving your Cheez-Its for bowl season, go ahead and have them for a Bedlam snack. OSU isn’t falling that far.
1 Wild Prediction
Chuba Hubbard will touch the ball 15 times or fewer in the first half
Most everyone is anticipating a Hubbard-heavy game for OSU, and why not? He’s the most dangerous running back in the country. But OU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch knows that, too. With the defense packed in tight, OSU quarterback Dru Brown will go to the air early to try to loosen up the Sooners’ front.
(Wild Prediction record: Season: 1-10; All-time, 3-34)