The Oklahoma Sooners boast the No. 1 offense in the country in 2017, and at least one Big 12 coach thinks they could actually be one of the best offenses ever.
In ESPN’s preview of the Rose Bowl between Oklahoma and Georgia, an anonymous Big 12 coach gave his take on how to slow down the Sooners. While he gave his best ideas for a blueprint, he acknowledged that it may not be possible.
“Offensively, they’re as good as anybody I’ve ever seen,” the coach said. “The thing you have to do is make them one-dimensional. You have to stop something. The perfect recipe is to stop the run, try to keep [Mayfield] in the pocket and make him beat you from there. But then good luck with that. Nobody has been able to do it.”
The Sooners have feasted on even the best defenses they’ve faced so far this season. Ohio State ranks No. 11 in the nation in defensive S&P+ but gave up 31 points at home to Oklahoma in Week 2. TCU, the No. 1 defense in the Big 12 and the No. 14 defense nationally in S&P+, gave up 79 points in two matchups with the Sooners. Oklahoma’s lowest-scoring game of the season was a 29-point effort in a win over Texas.
Oklahoma’s offense is the highest-rated unit in the playoff field, according to ESPN. It even trumps the highly touted defenses at Clemson and Georgia.
The Sooners face the Bulldogs in Pasadena on Jan. 1. The game will kick off at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN.
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