Perine, Perine, Perine
Since losing to Texas, the Oklahoma Sooners have eclipsed the 200 yard mark on the ground in every game and twice they've cracked the 300 barrier. The increase in ground production can be attributed to a much improved offensive line. In his last two outing, Samaje Perine put up 166 yards on Baylor and 188 on TCU. With cold, rainy weather expected to greet the teams in Stillwater, the coaching staff must call upon Perine time and time again. Execution from both the backs and the offensive line becomes key if the Sooners hope to find themselves in the playoff picture at the conclusion of the weekend.
Protect The Quarterback
The Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive line is no slouch. Racking up 36 sacks on the season, O-State ranks sixth nationally and sits in a tie for second in the conference. Leading the way, Emmanuel Ogbah must be accounted for on every down as OU has surrendered 34 sacks this season. At 6-4 275-pounds, Ogbah continues to disrupt offenses with his physical nature and long arms. On the flip side of the equation, Baker Mayfield is completing 68.7% of his passes. However, if he doesn't have time to throw the potential of him running and sustaining another concussion skyrockets. It'll be on freshmen Dru Samia and Orlando Brown to stop Ogbah more often than not.
Avoid Turning The Ball Over
This could easily be said of any game throughout the year. Yet with the stakes riding on this game, emotions reaching a high, and terrible weather this aspect quickly becomes magnified beyond normal. A single turnover could impact this meeting greatly with the potential of deciding the game. Ball protection will be of utmost importance for both programs on Saturday.