Let's be realistic. It is going to be an uphill battle for Oklahoma this Saturday against the Crimson Tide. The Sooners are facing an undefeated Alabama team in the College Football Playoff semifinals. With that said, Oklahoma has a chance to knock off the reigning national champs if they do these four things:
4. Kyler Murray and OU Offense Can't Skip a Beat
It has been a historic, record-setting season for an Oklahoma offense led at the helm by Heisman winner Kyler Murray. We know this team wins because of their offense (certainly not their defense) and this group must continue to roll despite facing an always stingy Alabama defense.
3. Establish the Run
It will always be tough running against any Alabama defensive line. However, in order for Kyler Murray to have success in the passing game, the run threat must be there. If OU can get something going on the ground, Murray has a chance to torch the Crimson Tide.
2. Whether it's Tua or Jalen, Limit Big Plays
The Sooners need to employ a bend-but-don't-break style of defense in order to handle both Bama quarterbacks. Keep two high safeties over the top and try to keep Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts to their check-down routes. If Oklahoma can limit chunk plays, they might have a chance.
1. Make Game-Changing Plays on D
In the Big 12, there is no such thing as defense. We've seen the Sooners give up over 32 points per game this season, including 56 points against West Virginia on Nov. 23. That said, the OU defense doesn't need to be perfect, but they need to make plays at critical moments in order to win. Don't let interceptions slip through their fingers, wrap up on sacks. Can't make any mistakes in this one.