PHOENIX â€” All over the field, Oklahoma should create issues for its Fiesta Bowl opponent, Connecticut.
But where UConn could have its greatest trouble this game is dealing with OUâ€™s pass offense.
Because competing in the pro set-oriented, run-first Big East, the Huskies have yet to see a passing offense as sophisticated, as up-tempo, as prolific as the one OU will carry into University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday.
â€œThey know what theyâ€™re doing,â€ UConn coach Randy Edsall said Sunday after the Huskies arrived in Phoenix. â€œTheir tempo really gets after you and gives you problems. But they have outstanding players, theyâ€™re well-coached.
â€œSo itâ€™s a tremendous challenge, but itâ€™s a challenge weâ€™re looking forward to.â€
Itâ€™s also a challenge unlike anything the Huskies have encountered all year.
This isnâ€™t 2008, but the Sooner passing attack has developed into one finely tuned machine.
Quarterback Landry Jones enters the bowl season ranked third in the country with 330 passing yards a game and 35 touchdowns. And down the stretch, Jones played his best ball of the season.
No longer are the Sooners inflating their passing stats with short bubble screens.
In the Big 12 Championship against Nebraska, Jones lit up arguably the nationâ€™s top secondary with 342 passing yards, which included several completed throws downfield.
Factor in that Ryan Broyles is an All-American at receiver, and DeMarco Murray is one of the best receiving running backs in the country, and the Huskies will have their hands full, even with the Sooners debuting new offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.