NORMAN — Here is the second of three pregame blogs from Ryan Aber and I.
Here, we each pick one Oklahoma player who has something to prove Saturday against Texas Tech.
ABER: Bronson Irwin
Irwin could be on the right side at guard if Adam Shead is good to go but if he isn’t, Irwin will be back on the left while Nila Kasitati takes over his spot on the right. The Sooners offensive line was so good at Notre Dame but has been inconsistent ever since. Irwin lost his starting spot before the season to Kasitati, though he still played as much or more over the course of the game. Oklahoma needs to protect Blake Bell and Irwin is a critical piece to that, whichever side he’s on.
KERSEY: Blake Bell
This may be the most obvious choice possible, but that’s exactly why it’s the right choice. If Oklahoma has any chance to knock off the unbeaten, No. 10 Red Raiders, Blake Bell must have a productive — or, at the very least, mistake-free — day. The junior quarterback hasn’t looked the same since his terrific performance at Notre Dame about a month ago, and the Sooner offense has its work cut out for it against Tech today.
The Texas Tech defense may not be an elite one, but the Sooners will have to keep up with the Red Raiders’ offense, which is sure to score points.