Texas vs. Oklahoma: Five questions facing the Sooners

Posted November 30th, 2018


Texas and Oklahoma meet for the second time this season in Saturday’s Big 12 championship game. Five questions facing Oklahoma:

1. Will Oklahoma hit the 300/300 combo?

The Sooners’ offense, statistically, is the best in the country. And it’s incredibly balanced. OU has pulled off at least 300 yards rushing and 300 yards passing five times this season. Here’s some perspective on the 300 combo: The only other season in which OU had multiple 300/300 games was in 2012, when the Sooners did it twice. Before this season, the 300/300 combo had happened just six times. When OU played Texas in October, the Sooners rushed for 212 yards and threw for 310. They’ve hit the 300/300 combo in four of their last five games. Iowa State, UT, Kansas and TCU were the four league defenses that kept the Sooners from the balance of 300.

2. Will Marquise Brown reel off a superstar play?

Brown, who goes by the nickname “Hollywood,” is the top Power Five receiver in regards to big plays. He has 11 catches of at least 40 yards, with seven of them going for more than 50. He tortured West Virginia, catching 11 passes for 243 yards and two long touchdowns. Against Texas, he had nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns.


3. Is 60 percent a winnable number?

The Oklahoma defense is worthy of a bunch of bad adjectives. The offense has saved them in all but one game. But here’s a startling bad trend: Quarterbacks from nine of the 12 teams OU has faced have completed at least 60 percent of their passes. Kansas and Texas were above 70 percent.

4. Will Oklahoma hit 100?

No, we’re not talking points. It’s about the chunk plays. The Sooners lead the country in those explosive plays that can suck the soul out of a defense. OU’s next play of at least 20 yards will be its 100th of the season. That’s 10 plays more than second-place Houston. Only 13 teams since 2010 have hit at least 100 plays of 20 yards or more. The Sooners led the nation with 117 a year ago. Besides Brown, the other big-play Sooners include Murray, who has eight runs of at least 20 yards, and running backs Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon, who have combined for 14. The Sooners had five chunk plays in their loss to UT.

5. Does another player hit 1,000?

Four Sooners are on the cusp of reaching 1,000 yards in either receiving or rushing. Brown already is there with 1,264 yards receiving. Chances are good Brooks will be the next 1,000-yarder. He needs only seven rushing yards to get there and has gained 165, 171 and 182 in his last three games. Sermon has rushed for 863. Murray has run for 853. And CeeDee Lamb has 882 yards in receiving.