BCS Standings: Is Oklahoma or Oklahoma State More Likely to Stumble?
The year 2011 has been the year of Oklahoma in college football.
The Oklahoma Sooners are ranked No. 3 in the BCS, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are ranked No. 4.
Both have BCS National Championship aspirations, and more than likely only one will have a chance.
So who will stumble first?
The answer to that question likely won't be known until the matchup between both teams on December 3 in Stillwater.
All three big games remaining on the Cowboys' schedule are played in Stillwater, a huge advantage for them down the stretch.
Next week, they get Baylor at home, followed by Kansas State. And then after two easy games, they welcome the Sooners to town for the Big-12 matchup everyone has been waiting for.
The Sooners have the much more difficult remaining schedule.
A week from today, they hit the road to face the undefeated Kansas State Wildcats followed by a game at home against Texas A&M. Before the big matchup with the Cowboys, Oklahoma also has hit the road and faces Robert Griffin III and Baylor.
Remaining schedules favor the Cowboys without a doubt.
Which team will stumble first?
But with both teams likely to make it through their remaining schedules unscathed, the head-to-head matchup will be the deciding factor.
Both teams have great offense highlighted by the passing game.
The Sooners are the fifth-ranked passing offense in the nation, headlined by Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles, with 373.5 yards per game.
Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon one up the Sooners, headlining the No. 2 ranked passing offense in the country with 395.7 yards per game.
Neither team has a superb running game as they both rely heavily on the pass to score points.
With the offenses fairly equal, this game will come down to the defenses.
Although the offenses are equal, the defenses are far from it.
Defensively, the Cowboys have been able to force their fair share of turnovers, but they have only allowed under 20 points once this season. They allowed Louisiana-Lafayette to put up 34 points on them in Stillwater.
On the other hand, the Sooners defense is dominating.
They have allowed 20 points or more just once this season and are 10th in the country in points against, allowing just 15.8 points per game.
The massive defensive advantage gives the Sooners the upper hand in the matchup between the two teams from Oklahoma.
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