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Battle in the trenches: OU D-line could cause problems for the OSU O-line

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Chuba Hubbard is pushed into the end zone by the rest of the offensive line during the Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech football game on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Ronnie Perkins made his season debut three weeks ago when Oklahoma took on Texas Tech and has elevated the OU defensive line another notch.

In two weeks, Perkins has seven tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Sooners line that has 26 sacks on the season.

The Sooner defensive line will go up against a battered and youthful OSU offensive line missing three pieces from earlier in the season.

“Now that they've got some of those guys back, they're competitive, they can rush the quarterback and they've been good against the run,” Gundy said. “Offensively we have to have a really good strategy. We have to be patient in a way that we want to attack, and reduce turnovers, and play as consistent as possible up front with our blocking schemes.”

The OSU offensive line has been tested all season due to injuries, but OU’s defensive front seven led by Perkins and Nik Bonnito is a different beast.

“It's a challenge for us,” Gundy said. “I mentioned it earlier, this will be their biggest test.”

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