Last season was far from a banner one for the Oklahoma Sooners defensive line.Was it an objectively bad year? No. It simply paled in comparison to what OU had fans had grown accustomed to in the previous few years.Nowhere was the drop-off more evident than the front four's struggles against the run. OU's d-line had major problems against the veer option, allowing undermanned teams such as Air Force and Cincinnati to churn out yards on the ground. The problems were particularly acute on first down, putting opponents in advantageous spots on second and third down.
Yards/Attempt on 1st Down
*Data courtesy of cfbstats.com.
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