The BelldozerBlake Bell made his reputation as the Belldozer: Oklahoma's goal-line quarterback/running back/human battering ram. He racked up 24 touchdowns in two years, even though teams largely knew what was going to happen. His 6'6Ó, 263-pound body made brawn the winner over brains.
The now-junior Bell has moved out of the shadow of departed starter Landry Jones and been handed the keys to the offense full-time. Far from his belldozing days, he wants to carve up defenses through the air: he threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns on 27-37 passing in his breakout game against Tulsa. He ran only 10 times for 24 yards. The torch has been passed not just to a new quarterback, but between aspects of one quarterback.
Bell will face a Texas defense that allowed an average of 28 points per game through week 4. The Longhorns can produce turnovers, as they forced the Kansas State Wildcats into three giveaways. But Bell has been cautious with the football, not turning it over through the air once in 2013 through week 4. Oklahoma would like to repeat the 2011 performance, where the Longhorns gave up five turnovers and only took one from Oklahoma. Bell is a big part of making that happen.
Bell will have to step into his role as the leader of the Oklahoma squad after an early-season quarterback battle. His performance at the Red River Shootout can go a long way to solidifying his role as the face and leader of the Sooners for 2013.
OU vs Texas 2013 Red River Rivalry
In the last 15 rounds of the Red River Rivalry, 12 have been between ranked teams. Of those 12 ranked battles, four have come while OU and Texas were both ranked in the top 5. Even though the 2013 Sooners and Longhorns won't both be hinging title hopes on the annual game in the Cotton Bowl this year, the teams each have much to fight for.