Oklahoma or Oklahoma State: Sooner State's Best Offense?
The Sooners and Cowboys are lighting up Big 12 scoreboards.
By: Patrick Snow | 10/10/11, 2:42 PM EDT
The points are piling up in the Sooner State. The Cowboys of Oklahoma State lead college football in scoring at over 51 points a game, while the Oklahoma Sooners have tallied 45 points per game. Both teams have veteran signal callers — OU’s Landry Jones and OSU’s Brandon Weeden — as well as All-America candidates at receiver — Ryan Broyles for the Sooners and Justin Blackmon for the Cowboys. The running game is solid for both squads, but there is no doubt that a wide-open passing attack is each team’s calling card. It is highly possible that both Bob Stoops’ Sooners and Mike Gundy’s Cowboys are undefeated when the meet in the Bedlam game on December 3. Hopefully the scoreboard in Stillwater is ready.
Who has the best offense in the state of Oklahoma?
Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden)
I think the Oklahoma State Cowboys boast the best offense in the state of Oklahoma. Brandon Weeden slightly more efficient (76% completion rate versus 69%) than Landry Jones. Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith give the Pokes a slightly more traditional power running attack. The offensive lines and the receivers are basically a wash - incredibly deep, talented and versatile. But the good news for Sooners' fans is that defenses normally have something to say about wins and losses too - and the Sooners defense, in my opinion, is far superior to that of Oklahoma State. It will be the Sooners defense that makes the difference in the Bedlam Series in the final weekend of the year.
Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
This is really a tossup and you can make a strong argument for both. Oklahoma State leads the nation in scoring, while ranking second in total and passing offense. Oklahoma isn’t far behind the Cowboys in any category, as it ranks ninth nationally in scoring, fifth in passing and sixth in total offense. The strength of schedule is about even, but I give Oklahoma a slight edge here, as the Sooners played a good Florida State defense in Week 3. Both teams are led by Heisman contenders at quarterback, with Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden slightly edging Landry Jones in passing yards and touchdowns. Also, both offenses boast All-American receivers and a deep collection of running backs. Both teams had to break in a new coordinator this season, but so far, the change in playcallers has not had any impact on the success of the offense. I’d probably give a slight edge to Oklahoma, but ask me tomorrow and my opinion might change.
How ‘bout them Cowboys? Oklahoma State has the stats edge — ranking second nationally in yards (577.4 ypg) and first in scoring (51.4 ppg), ahead of Oklahoma's sixth-ranked yardage (534.6 ypg) and ninth-best points (45.0 ppg). Not only that, the Pokes have the most dynamic player on either roster in mohawk-rocking receiver Justin Blackmon. The 6'1", 215-pound junior from Ardmore, Okla., is the reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and Biletnikoff Award winner. Aside from the future first-round pick out wide, coach Mike Gundy's team has a steady veteran quarterback in soon-to-be 28-year-old Brandon Weeden, a balanced run attack led by Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith, and an O-line that was runner-up behind Alabama in Athlon Sports' preseason unit awards. O-State's offense is more balanced, powerful and productive than OU's. Expect another shootout (47–41 Sooners win in 2010) when the Big 12's best line up on Dec. 3 this season.
Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
I give the slight edge to Oklahoma because the Sooners have played against much better defenses so far. Oklahoma State has looked great, but the Cowboys were shut down in the first half by Texas A&M, and the Aggies aided the Cowboys’ comeback with a ton of second-half turnovers. The Sooners have played against three Top 30 defenses — Florida State, Missouri and Texas. It would not shock me to see OSU continue to light up scoreboards in Big 12 play, but the Cowboys have faced some pretty low-rated defenses this season — Texas A&M (99th), Tulsa (110th), Arizona (115th) and Kansas (120th). I’ll be interested to see how Weeden and company perform against Texas. Obviously both offenses are big-time attacks, and we can only hope the Bedlam Series is as fun this season as it was in 2010.
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