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Oklahoma Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners are flying high at 4-0, having defeated a ranked Notre Dame to kick off a critical stretch of their schedule. Both the offense and defense have been turning out excellent performances to help the boys from Norman get to this point, although the defense has been more consistent through week five of the 2013 season.

The OU defense came into the season with a variety of question marks, as the whole unit is experiencing a youth movement. But the new starters have responded to the call with elite output so far: OU was sixth in the nation in total scoring defense after week five, only allowing 12 points a game. Their overall defense isn’t too shabby either, giving up only 299.5 yards per game (17th best in the nation). This comes from a stingy pass defense (169 yards allowed per game, 16th best in the nation) and opportunistic turnover play: OU has created 9 takeaways through four games, good for a spot in the top third of the defenses in America.

The offense, which started the first two games with massive uncertainty at quarterback, has now fallen into a rhythm with junior Blake Bell. Bell has started out on a blistering pace, going 52 of 73 for 683 yards, 6 touchdowns, and no interceptions through week five. That 71.2% completion percentage is an elite level of accuracy, and if Bell can keep it up, the Sooners will be in excellent position to keep their running game moving. OU is averaging 256.75 yards per game on the ground, which puts them 17th in the nation in that stat.
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Texas Longhorns

The Texas Longhorns come in to the Red River Rivalry with questions on both sides of the ball, but one unit has a lot more trouble to speak of than the other. The offense continues to bounce through quarterbacks, but has put an incredibly productive outfit on the field regardless; the defense is not having the same success.

David Ash and the rest of the firepower are performing well: 483.0 yards per game is a stat to be proud of, especially when that translates into 32.8 points per game through week five. With Ash having some injury problems, though, senior Case McCoy and freshman Tyrone Swoopes stand waiting in the wings. The uncertainty hasn’t been an issue for sophomore Johnathan Gray, who has grabbed 350 yards rushing through four games. The offense is up to the challenge, but they need the defense to step it up.

The Longhorns defense gave up 550 yards rushing to BYU, prompting Mack Brown to fire defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. New DC Gregg Robinson has a big job ahead of him, but it starts with simply locking down the front line. Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat already has 22 tackles (10 solo, 12 assist) and two sacks that promisingly came in their recent Big 12 win over Kansas State. Getting Jeffcoat more involved in the game requires support from the rest of the line to take some of opposing offenses’ pressure off him. Robinson surely hopes that his work can coax more out of the front line in time to stop an OU rush attack that may even include a rushing quarterback.
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