It will obviously be hard to improve upon the performance the Sooners defense gave against Akron on Saturday as the level of competition increases and the Sooners hit the road for the first time this season. Here are three things to expect from the Sooners defense on Saturday.
Selling Out to Stop The Run
The Volunteers nearly had three players eclipse the 100 yard rushing mark, including starting quarterback Josh Dobbs. The Vols churned out 399 yards rushing on an astonishing 64 attempts. The Sooners will face an offense that lives and dies with its ability to control the line of scrimmage in the run game. I fully expect the Sooners to once again call on rSoph Charles Walker and Junior LB Dominique Alexander to lead the team in an all out attack against the Tennessee rushing attack.
Should the Vols find success running the football and controlling the clock, the Sooners could be in for a rough day on Rocky Top.
Force Dobbs To Make Mistakes
Although a Junior, Dobbs is still relatively inexperienced with only 13 career touchdowns to go along with 12 interceptions. The Sooners must force Dobbs to beat them with him arm, as I believe that is the best chance the Sooners have to force mistakes.
Win On 3rd Down
The Sooners forced the Zips to punt twelve times on Saturday. The quickest way to kill a home field advantage is to force three and outs. The more the Sooners see Tennesee Punter Trevor Daniel the better.
What are you expecting to see from the Sooners defense on Saturday?