While everyone continues to look toward the final three games of the season, the Oklahoma Sooners must focus on their next opponent - the Iowa State Cyclones. Continuing to pick up steam on the offensive side of the ball, here are three personal expectations for the offense.
Last time out, Baker Mayfield completed 10-of-11 passes to start the game amassing 174 total yards. The effort ignited the offense as the Sooners routed their opponent while on cruise control. For the third consecutive week, Oklahoma scored 55+ points looking nearly impossible to stop. On Saturday, expect the crimson and cream to once again eclipse the half century mark thanks to a quick start sparked by big plays like this one...
Iowa State my have three losses to undefeated teams. However, they rank seventh in the conference in passing and rushing defense. Regardless, turnovers have cost the Sooners at times this season. For example, against the Jayhawks, Sterling Shepard fumbled the ball allowing Kansas to ruin the shutout. Of course most credit Dakota Austin gambling on a defensive play leading to the touchdown but it was all set up by the fumble. Ball security must be of utmost importance not only on Saturday but throughout the remainder of the year.
Development of the Offensive Line
Losing Jonathan Alvarez could cost the Sooners in the rushing attack. Heading into the 2015 season, freshman Dru Samia, freshman Orlando Brown, and sophomore Jonathan Alvarez combined for a grand total of zero starts. The development of the line showcased itself over the past three weeks. How will things shake out without an experience player available? We'll have to wait and see. But, I know the OL is only as good as the weakest link.