After sprinting through their non-conference schedule relatively easily, 2022 Oklahoma Sooners set its sights squarely on ascending to the top of the Big 12. The climb starts on Saturday with a home game against a Kansas State team that’s been far from kind to Oklahoma in the past few years.
There’s plenty of reason to believe that the Sooners come out on Saturday and execute and win the game. They are the more talented team and have the edge in virtually every area. However, football isn’t always that simple to predict. Especially not games involving conference opponents. Stranger things have happened, and Oklahoma, led by first-year head coach Brent Venables, will have to be on their game.
K-State has some pieces that could make this game interesting, and if caught sleeping, Oklahoma could be in a bar fight against Chris Klieman’s team from Manhattan, Kansas.
With that said, here are the three keys we believe will most impact Oklahoma’s chances of winning against the Wildcats.
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The Deuce can’t get loose
Since his freshman year, Deuce Vaughn has been a thorn in Oklahoma’s side. While he’s extremely short in stature, he’s a “big dawg” on the field. He’s a legitimate playmaker.
He scored 22 total touchdowns last year and is the focal point for the K-State offensive attack. Oklahoma’s done a good job bottling up marquee players for opposing teams, but none of them compare to Vaughn.
He’ll challenge Oklahoma on the ground and as a receiver, but if the defense can limit him to under 100 all-purpose yards, Oklahoma should be in a great position to win.
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Make Adrian Martinez beat you
If you’re not going to let Deuce Vaughn beat you, that means the onus falls on transfer quarterback Adrian Martinez to do so.
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Author : Sooners Wire
Publish date : 2022-09-22 10:01:32
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