By the Numbers: No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners at Nebraska Cornhuskers

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The No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners travel to Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second part of a home-and-home series. Last year’s matchup in Norman featured a hotly-contested defensive battle as the two teams worked to slow down Spencer Rattler, now with South Carolina and Adrian Martinez, now with Kansas State.

In the early part of this season, the contest has the makings of a much different football game.

Both teams have scored more than 36 points per game and averaged more than 461 yards of total offense per game. While the two teams look like they’ll put up a bunch of points in this game, the game will still be decided by which defense can make more stops.

Statistically, it appears Oklahoma has the edge, but it hasn’t played a team that has been as productive offensively as the Casey Thompson-led Nebraska Cornhuskers.

To get you ready for Saturday, let’s take a look at these two teams by the numbers.

Total Offense

Sept. 10, 2022; Lincoln; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Trey Palmer (3) catches a pass against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 461 ypg (44)

Nebraska: 492.3 ypg (24th)

Edge: Nebraska

Passing Offense

Sept. 10, 2022; Lincoln; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Casey Thompson (11) runs with the ball against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 264.5 (52nd)

Nebraska: 288.7 ypg (33rd)

Edge: Nebraska

Rushing Offense

Sept. 10, 2022; Lincoln; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Anthony Grant (10) celebrates with offensive lineman Turner Corcoran (69) and wide receiver Oliver Martin (89) after a touchdown run against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 196.5 (42nd)

Nebraska: 203.7 yards per game (35th)

Edge: Nebraska

Scoring Offense

Sept. 3, 2022; Lincoln; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Casey Thompson (11) hands the ball off to running back Anthony Grant (10) against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 39 ppg (38th in NCAA)

Nebraska: 36 ppg (54th)

Edge: Oklahoma

PFF Offense Rank

Sept. 10, 2022; Lincoln; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ajay Allen (9) runs with the ball against Georgia Southern Eagles defenders during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 25

Nebraska: 14

Edge: Nebraska

Total Defense

Sept. 10, 2022; Norman; Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Jeffery Johnson (77) and Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Reggie Grimes (14) celebrate during the game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 305.5 (45th)

Nebraska: 492 (124th)

Edge: Oklahoma

Pass Defense

Oklahoma’s Billy Bowman (5) celebrates a fumble with Jordan Kelley (88), Reggie Grimes (14) and Ethan Downs (40) in the third quarter during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma and the Kent State Golden Flashes at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept., 10, 2022. Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma: 209.5 (60th)

Nebraska: 284.7 (113th)

Edge: Oklahoma

Run Defense

Sept. 10, 2022; Norman; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Danny Stutsman (28) tackles Kent State Golden Flashes running back Bryan Bradford (31) during the second quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 96 ypg (34th)

Nebraska: 207.3 ypg (116th)

Edge: Oklahoma

Scoring Defense

Sept. 10, 2022; Norman; Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Jalen Redmond (31) and Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Jordan Kelley (88) tackle Kent State Golden Flashes running back Bryan Bradford (31) during the first half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 8 ppg (10th)

Nebraska: 31 ppg (91st)

Edge: Oklahoma

PFF Defense Rank

Sept. 10, 2022; Norman; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Danny Stutsman (28) and Oklahoma Sooners linebacker David Ugwoegbu (2) celebrate during the first half against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: 47th

Nebraska: 48th

Edge: Oklahoma

Turnover Differential

Sept. 10, 2022; Norman; Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Justin Harrington (37) makes an interception as Kent State Golden Flashes running back Gavin Garcia (21) tries to tackle him during the second half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma: +4 (tied for 8th)

Nebraska: -1 (tied for 89th)

Edge: Oklahoma

Summary

Sept. 10, 2022; Norman; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brent Venables reacts during the first quarter against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like there’s a clear edge for both sides on paper. Nebraska looks to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball, while the Oklahoma Sooners have the edge on defense. Now the Cornhuskers have only played one solid defensive team, Northwestern.

In that game, the Huskers were limited to just 28 points, and Casey Thompson completed 60% of his passes. He was sacked four times and threw two interceptions.

Oklahoma, on the other hand, hasn’t played a good offense. Both UTEP and Kent State were able to do some things to challenge the Sooners’ defense. However, aside from a couple of second-quarter drives by the Miners in Week 1, there’s been little sustained offense against OU’s defense.

Oklahoma will be able to score on Nebraska. The key to this game will come down to how well the Sooners’ defense can limit a Nebraska offense that’s averaging 36 points per game in 2022.

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