For that reason, OU has the potential to catch opponents off-guard, attacking the weakness of a particular defense on the field. For example, the defense might send out a base package, then unexpectedly find the Sooners lined up in a four-wide receiver formation.
That could lead to various opportunistic mismatches.
"Can you imagine how a linebacker would feel if he walks out there and No. 7 (Murray) is standing out there at receiver?” said defensive backs coach Bobby Jack Wright. "He'd be like, ‘This cat looks a little different. This isn't the normal guy I've been covering.' That's an advantage to an offense if they can get in different formations with the same personnel set. And our guys are capable of that.”
Said Eldridge, "I would think that would make it difficult on the defense not knowing how we're going to line up. The no-huddle makes things quicker, even harder. If we huddle, they might get an idea, but now with the no-huddle we're right up there.”
The trick for Wilson, however, will be maximizing this advantage without confusing his own offense.
"Sometimes when you become so multiple it's hard to get in rhythm and hard to practice it at all, it's like you have too much,” Wilson said. "You have to rep it, see it, have confidence in it, know the blitzes and coverages you're going to get, who has this blitz responsibility.
"But not subbing and changing those looks and not huddling, you would think you could work that to your advantage. It will be interesting to see as the season plays out if we can take advantage and whether our guys will be productive with it.”