No. 14 Oklahoma will host Tulsa on Saturday in Norman after winning a game rife with turnovers against West Virginia in Week 2.
In the 16-7 victory over the Mountaineers, Oklahoma posted 435 yards of total offense, but also committed four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles lost).
Fortunately for the Sooners, West Virginia also committed four turnovers (one interception, three fumbles lost), while converting just three of 13 third downs.
Coach Bob Stoops said junior Blake Bell will take over under center for the Sooners in Week 3 after starter Trevor Knight suffered a bruised knee against West Virginia, according to the Associated Press, per ESPN.com.
Tulsa rebounded in Week 2 with a 30-27 victory over Colorado State after losing to Bowling Green in Week 1, 34-7. Senior Trey Watts rushed for 152 yards in the victory.
Here's a look at the matchup on Saturday in Norman.
*All statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon ET
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Oklahoma -24.5
Tulsa Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: WR Keyarris Garrett (Leg), CB Darrell Williams (Knee)
Questionable: No injuries to report
Probable: No injuries to report
Oklahoma Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: QB Trevor Knight (Knee), WR Jordan Smallwood (Foot), DE D.J. Ward (Splenectomy)
Questionable: OT Tyrus Thompson (Ankle), QB Kendal Thompson (Foot)
Probable: No injuries to report
Top Storyline: Will Trevor Knight Lose His Starting Job?
With Landry Jones departing for the NFL in the offseason, both Trevor Knight and Blake Bell—as well as sophomore Kendal Thompson—battled back in forth in training camp for the keys to Oklahoma's offense. Knight eventually won the job, but it was a close call for Stoops.
Stoops talked about the three quarterbacks leading up to Saturday's game, per the Associated Press report:
I've said it for a year. They're all pretty much the same. They all can run. They all can throw. They're all athletic. There's not a lot of difference in their skill set as far as what they can do.
Knight has gone 21-of-48 for 205 yards with four touchdowns to three interceptions this season. Bell has gone 3-of-6 for 38 yards.
If Bell shows he can lead the Sooners offense in Knight's absence, it wouldn't be a shocker to see Stoops hand him the job. Knight hasn't done much to warrant sticking with him at this point.
Tulsa has played sound pass defense so far this season (ranked ninth in the country in pass efficiency defense by Phil Steele), so it's likely that Stoops will lean on the running game on Saturday.
That being said, Bell will get his chances to make an impression.
How he responds may end up determining who will start once Knight gets back.
Prediction: Oklahoma 27, Tulsa 6
Yes, Tulsa scored 30 points against Colorado State. Big whoop.
This is the Oklahoma we're talking about, playing in Oklahoma.
The Sooners have allowed a mere seven points in two games this season. That includes ranking 10th in the nation in yards per pass attempt allowed. The defensive line—which was questioned in the offseason—has been outstanding thus far.
Beyond that, I expect Oklahoma to run over Tulsa's defense...literally. The Golden Hurricane rank 89th in the country in yards per carry allowed, and they've already ceded four rushing touchdowns in two games.
Brennan Clay and Damien Williams figure to see plenty of daylight running the pigskin.
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