I’ve long maintained that one of the best things about the Internet is more times than not you can count on somebody else doing the heavy lifting for you. I had an idea about a post digging into how much Oklahoma’s offense was able to take the pressure off its defense with explosive starts, when, lo and behold, I find that Saturday Down South’s Connor O’Gara up and took care of that hard work for me.
Look at how quickly Oklahoma jumped out to 3-possession leads after that Iowa State loss:
- Oct. 14 vs. Texas — 20-0, 4:32 in 2Q
- Oct. 28 vs. Texas Tech — 49-27, 1:41 in 3Q
- Nov. 12 vs. TCU — 24-7, 11:45 in 2Q
- Nov. 19 vs. Kansas — 21-3, 0:10 in 2Q
- Nov. 25 vs. West Virginia — 21-3, 13:08 in 2Q
- Dec. 2 vs. TCU — 17-0, 2:29 in 1Q
So in six of their final eight game of the season, they benefited from jumping out to those leads. Let me rephrase that. Oklahoma’s run defense* benefited.
The two games in that stretch that Oklahoma didn’t balloon it out to a 3-possession lead were Kansas State (41st rushing offense) and Oklahoma State (47th rushing offense). In those matchups — when it actually had to defend against 2-dimensional offenses — Oklahoma allowed over 6 yards per carry and 200 rushing yards in each contest.
You know Jim Chaney is going to stick with the run, even in the face of another defense loading the box and daring Fromm to throw. It’s been his MO all season, even when the going is slow early on, with one exception. Do Georgia’s special teams and defense keep his usual game plan on track?
I’m starting to think the key stat to track
Saturday Monday is pass attempts. Against D-1 competition, Mayfield averages a little over 28 attempts per game; Fromm averages a little over 18 apg. If both hit their averages, which team is more likely to win?