The No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) will face the Central Florida Knights (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11:00 a.m. (CT). This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Oklahoma is coming off what seemed like a very long bye week after their Red River Rivalry win. UCF is also coming off a bye week after losing to Kansas in their previous game.
What to watch for
Will OU be able to run the ball effectively?
I know that the Sooners did rush the ball for 201 yards against Texas, but Gabriel ran for 113 of those 201 yards. I would like to see a game where a Sooner running back just completely takes over the game, whether it be Tawee Walker, Marcus Major, or literally anyone in the running back room. The Knights are ranked No. 120 in the FBS in rushing defense, so it should be a game that Oklahoma can control on the ground.
UCF QB John Rhys Plumlee set to return
Plumlee has missed most of the last month with a leg injury. He is a dual threat quarterback that averages 8.6 yards per carry. Plumlee will give a big boost to the UCF rushing offense that already ranks third nationally with 246.3 yards per game. The Knights also have two studs at running back in R.J. Harvey and Johnny Richardson.
Will the game be a shootout?
UCF is ranked fourth nationally in offense, and Oklahoma is ranked sixth. We saw the OU defense play very well against Texas, so maybe they will keep the momentum going. This game could come down to the turnover margin, a category that the Sooners have thrived in this season. Oklahoma is a whopping +13 in turnover margin.