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A look at the numbers: OU and UT defense

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Thanks to Ncaasports.com, I bring you the promised analysis of UT and OU's defenses by the numbers.

In Run defense:  Texas is second in the nation to Michigan, giving up 96 yards on 104 carries for a .92 yards per carry average and 24.0 yards per game.

Oklahoma ranks 62nd giving up 519 yards on 140 carries for averages of 3.71 ypc and 129.8 ypg.

If you figured the bulk of Oklahoma's rushing yards allowed came in the Oregon loss, you would be wrong.  While Oregon racked up 158 yards on the Sooners, Washington had 204.  Even UAB broke 100.  Only Middle Tennessee State rushed for less than 100, going for 22 yds.  This means look for Charles and Melton to hit that...and how.

Texas' dominant rushing defense numbers can be chalked up to two things:  North Texas and Rice are bad (as is Middle Tennessee St.) and Ohio St. and Iowa St. found more opportunities in the passing game.  I will admit that I did not get to see the Iowa St. game due to inadequacies of Boston college football coverage, but against Ohio St. I saw the Buckeyes try to run with Pittman and the Wellses and saw them stopped, at least until the fourth quarter.  Oklahoma will be the first good team that Texas faces that emphasizes the run over the pass, so a lot will be revealed in 8 days

Though Texas' rush defense is uncertain, OU's is certainly pretty bad.  Advantage Texas

Both of these teams are run oriented teams, so one would think that the passing defense would be less important than the rushing defense, but let's see how these pass defenses look anyway

Texas is 81st in the nation, giving up 209.5 ypg
Oklahoma is 64th in the nation, giving up 191.25 ypg.

That's a difference of 18 ypg folks, that's not much.  Most of OU's total comes against pass happy Oregon and cannot be chalked up to OU forcing the pass, because, as you'll remember from above, Oregon also ran for 158 yards.  Most of Texas' yards come from tOSU and ISU perhaps because they shut down the run game so well (it's a chicken and egg thing).

Call the pass defense a wash.

--AR--