Summary: Oklahoma aims to maintain its winning streak as they face UCF in a highly anticipated matchup. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel seeks to shine against his former school.
No. 6 Oklahoma is set to take on UCF in a crucial game this Saturday. After a victory against Texas, Oklahoma is in a prime position to reach the Big 12 title game. Their improved defense has propelled them into the College Football Playoff conversation. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who transferred from UCF two seasons ago, has been outstanding and is a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy. A loss to UCF would be a major setback for Oklahoma and for Gabriel personally.
UCF’s powerful running game will be pitted against Oklahoma’s stout defensive front. The Knights boast the third-highest rushing yards per game in the nation, led by R.J. Harvey and Johnny Richardson. However, Oklahoma’s defense has been exceptional in stopping the run, allowing just 113.7 yards per game.
Keep an eye on UCF quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, who is returning after a leg injury. He is a dual-threat and will face a strong Oklahoma defense that excels in tackles for loss. Oklahoma’s freshman wide receiver Nic Anderson has been impressive, with six touchdowns on limited catches. With Andrel Anthony out for the season, Anderson may see an increase in targets.
Both UCF and Oklahoma have explosive offenses, ranking in the top six nationally for total offense. Oklahoma leads with an average of 45.2 points per game. Additionally, Oklahoma boasts an impressive turnover margin. The Sooners have a strong track record in games following their annual rivalry game against Texas. In their previous encounter with UCF head coach Gus Malzahn, Oklahoma emerged victorious. UCF’s offensive line has also been recognized by making it onto the Joe Moore Award midseason honor roll.
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