Recent skirmishes with spread offenses, although resulting in team wins, have not been pretty for Oklahomas defense, which allowed 131 combined points to Baylor, West Virginia and Oklahoma State in three of the final four weeks of the season. Now, the Sooners get Johnny Manziel: Heisman winner, dual-threat sensation and leader of the countrys third-ranked scoring offense.
Manziel, more than any other opposing quarterback Bob Stoops team has faced, provides a serious running threat and, with 1,181 rushing yards, hes not just a mere threat to account for. At the end of the season, the redshirt freshman figured out then-No. 1 Alabamas defensive schemes and made mincemeat of Mississippi State and Missouri, both of which feature similar defensive rankings as Oklahoma (44th nationally).
First and foremost, the Sooners will need to contain Manziel and not allow him the opportunity to run andor ad lib, which is easier written than executed. Hes the Heisman winner for a reas...