What's the No. 1 priority for the Cowboys in Bedlam?
GINA MIZELL: PRESSURE LANDRY JONES
It's no secret that Landry Jones is prone to making mistakes when harassed by a pass rush.
Last year's Bedlam blowout loss is a prime example, as Jones fumbled twice and threw two interceptions. Those turnovers led to 17 Cowboy points.
Those Cowboys used a defensive game plan that was heavy on the blitz to pressure. But a positive development for OSU in its dominating victory over Texas Tech was its ability to produce a steady pass rush with just the front four.
The best way for OU's offense to find success against OSU's defense is to throw the ball down the field. The Cowboys' secondary has improved in recent weeks, but it's still the most vulnerable part of that unit.
If Landry doesn't have time to throw the football, that sort of air attack won't be possible. And, as we've seen in the past, that pressure could force the Sooner QB to make a costly error. Or four.
JOHN HELSLEY: RUN THE FOOTBALL
OSU's offense stands as potent as it's been all season, with playmakers aplenty and in multiples – from quarterbacks to receivers to running backs.
The Cowboys are capable in so many ways.
Yet they must do one thing first and foremost: run the football.
The run game was vital a year ago, when OSU routed the Sooners in Stillwater, establishing the Cowboys' dominance up front, with Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith both rushing for more than 100 yards. Brandon Weeden didn't even bother throwing a touchdown pass.
It's more vital this year, on the road, with quarterback Clint Chelf making his first road start. There is no Justin Blackmon in this passing attack, which relies more on balance, which starts on the ground.
The Cowboys should be able to run, as the league's most-feared rushing attack, going against a Sooner defense that ranks No. 87 nationally against the run.
And they must run to win.