Know Thy Enemy: Oklahoma Mike Tufano October 13, 2014 Features, Gameday, Know Thy Enemy 2014 SCHEDULE & RESULTSLouisiana Tech 16 Oklahoma 48Oklahoma 52 Tulsa 7Tennessee 10 Oklahoma 34Oklahoma 45 West Virginia 33Oklahoma 33 TCU 37Texas 26 Oklahoma 3110/18 K-STATE11/1 @ Iowa State11/8 Baylor11/15 @ Texas Tech11/22 Kansas12/6 Oklahoma State #11 OKLAHOMA SOONERS 5-1 (2-1 Big 12) Location: Norman, Oklahoma Enrollment: 30,753 Colors: Crimson and Cream Stadium: Memorial Stadium (87,451) 2013 Overall Record: 11-2 2013 Conf. Record/Finish: 7-2 (t-2nd) Postseason: Sugar Bowl Champions All time series: Oklahoma leads 18-72-4 Last Meeting: Oklahoma 41 K-State 31 (11/23/13) Current Streak: Oklahoma won last 1 Twitter: @OU_Athletics, @OU_Football Oklahoma Head Coach, Bob Stoops Head Coach: Bob Stoops Overall Record (Yrs): 165-40 (16th) Record at School: Same Record vs. K-State: 9-2 Annual Salary: $5,250,000 I don’t have to tell you much about Bob Stoops, but just in case you’re a youngster and don’t know the history, Stoops was a defensive back at Iowa when Bill Snyder was an assistant under Hayden Fry. When Bill Snyder became the head coach at K-State, Stoops came with him (after a brief stop at Kent State). After 2 years he became the defensive coordinator and served until he left for the same position under Steve Spurrier at Florida. 3 years later, in 1999, Stoops got his first, and only, head coaching position at then struggling Oklahoma. Snyder has only beaten his former employee twice. Both seasons (2003, & 2012) ended in Big 12 championships for K-State. They are also two of the incredibly rare instances of Bill Snyder being seen smiling while on the field. Freshman RB Samaje Perine Sooner Offense Passing Offense: 254.5 yds/game (52nd in FBS) Rushing Offense: 191 yds/game (42nd in FBS) Scoring Offense: 40.5 points/game (17th in FBS) #32 – RB Samaje Perine The Big 12 has been the land of the spread offenses in recent years, but without a dominant quarterback, Oklahoma has run it by taking a page out of the Auburn/Baylor playbook this year and becoming a run first team. It’s tough not to lean on the back of a guy like true freshman Samaje Perine. Through 6 games he accounts for 21% of the Oklahoma offense. When Perine is stopped, Oklahoma is hurting. But he’s not exactly easy to stop. He rushed for 242 yards and 4 TDs against West Virginia, and that remains his lone triple digit yardage game. Trevor Knight Never Called Katy Perry It’s true. Katy Perry said on national TV that Trevor Knight should call her. All reports indicate he did not. While Oklahoma fans will spin this to say that he’s focused on football, it’s clear that this is an incredibly lack of judgment on his part, and may be related to the 5 interceptions he’s thrown through 6 games. After a huge game in the Sugar Bowl to end the season, Oklahoma fans believed they’d found their guy, and he would undoubtedly be the Heisman winner this year. Instead he’s been best described as, “good enough.” Kick Returner Alex Ross Sophomore running back, Alex Ross, has been a huge weapon for Oklahoma, both in terms of field position and scoring. He entered last weekend as the nation’s leading kickoff returner, and showed it when he ran back OU’s first return 91 yards for a touchdown this weekend. Part of that was absolutely horrible kickoff coverage on the part of Texas, but a big part of it was the speed and movement of Alex Ross. Junior LB Eric Striker Sooner Defense Passing defense: 275.7 yds/game (105th in FBS) Rushing defense: 116 yards/game (28th in FBS) Points against: 21.5 points/game (42nd in FBS) #15 – CB Zack Sanchez Zach Sanchez has been the indisputable star of the defense this year. After the Texas game this weekend he now has a streak of 7 interceptions in the last 9 games dating back to last season. He’s fast, and opportunistic. In this week’s Texas game he stepped in front of a pass, and had a no-doubt 43 yard return for a touchdown. At that point in the game, Oklahoma had a 17-3 lead without their offense having found their way into the end zone. Double Team Who? Two guys on OU’s defense have a tremendous knack for getting into the backfield. Junior linebacker Eric Striker has tremendous speed, and is incredibly dangerous coming around the end on the pass rush. He leads the Sooner defense in both sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (8.5) on the season. But the problem arises when you attempt to double team him. Nose tackle Jordan Phillips, a Towanda, Kansas native, is also dangerous when it comes to penetrating the line from the middle. K-State may have to give up the outlet pass most of the time in order to have enough blockers to protect Jake Waters. DGB Mugshot And then there’s this… Oklahoma brought on WR Dorial Green-Beckham after he was kicked off of Missouri’s team following 2 drug arrests and shoving a woman down a flight of stairs. Apparently he’s a perfect fit for the Sooners, except that the NCAA, completely understandably, ruled that he would have to sit out a year when transferring. It remains to be seen if we’ll ever see him in uniform or if he’ll take his talents (and arrests) to the NFL. In addition to true freshman Perine, the Oklahoma rushing attack was expected to be led by freshman Joe Mixon. But then he punched a woman, and even before the NFL realized you’re not supposed to do that, Oklahoma suspended him for the 2014 season. There are 3 players from the state of Kansas on Oklahoma’s roster, including DT Jordan Phillips from Towanda, QB turned TE Blake Bell from Wichita, and DE turned LB Geneo Grissom from Hutchinson. Oklahoma was picked 1st in the Big 12 preseason poll. They were dethroned in their loss to TCU and currently sit tied for 3rd with West Virginia at 2-1 on the season. They’ve been as high as 3rd in the Coaches Top 25 poll, and at 11th right now, they’re as low as they’ve been this season.