The Cowboy defense has plenty of experience and some talent, but they’re still smarting from the loss of impact edge players (DEs Ogbah, Bean; shutdown CB Peterson) and inconsistent replacements. That deficiency is showing up in their inability to limit the deep passing game and that’s the main reason they’re surrendering 6.0 yards per play (at a staggering 9.5 yards per pass attempt) despite playing solid defense on money downs, limiting the run and tackling reasonably well.
For example, Baylor only ran 65 plays against the Cowboys last week, but 9 of them went for 23 yards or more. They surrendered a 99 yard scoring drive which included gains of 34, 32 and 24 yards. A multifaceted passing offense is going to get theirs in Stillwater. Is ours that?
Glenn Spencer is a competent defensive coordinator and given what the Texas offense has put on film to date, he understands that if he can limit the deep passing game, keep a reasonable lid on #33, and lure Buechele into some predictable 3rd down throws, the Cowboys can ride guile, effort and home field advantage to a win.
Or can he?
On passing downs, the Cowboys don’t get base pressure without blitzing and they have coverage deficiencies in the secondary despite the presence of veterans like Ashton Lampkin and run-support stud safety Jordan Sterns. The remaining options in the back half are suspect and Warrick, Oliver and Heard will have their chances to win 1 on 1 if they place their attention on Burt and Foreman outside.