A win’s a win…

Things are never as good or as bad as they seem to be in the moment.  Back in October the Texas win seemed to be the best thing since sliced bread.  Conversely the second half against K-State and Iowa State were about as bad as it gets.  Then again, it could have been worse…can you imagine having to deal with the misery of a loss last night after that loss at K-State.  Like I said a win is a win.

Also, if Saturday’s game had ended after three quarters, we would be thinking today that we were back and that the K-State game was an aberration.  We would be of the belief that we would roll into Waco with the wind at our backs and dispatch of those pesky Bears.   Instead our two best players made uncharacteristic mistakes that jeopardized the outcome.  Unlike two weeks ago, we found a way to win.

Okay, here’s your BFO (blinding flash of the obvious) for today.  We’re not as good as we thought we were after the Texas game…enough said.   Then again, this team still has talent and we can still finish strong.    While I don’t want any part of LSU in the playoffs, we can still have a great season that we can build on for the future.

Here’s my solution for next week.  We pay millions of dollars for this coaching staff to figure out a way to address certain weaknesses.   This offensive line is not going to grow up this year so this coaching staff must find ways to deal with this fact.  We must develop a running game to take the pressure off Jalen.  We must also find receivers other than Cee Dee that that can catch a pass.  Finally, we need to help Alex Grinch prepare a game plan coming out of the locker room after the half.   I know that these things are easier said than done, but then again what choice do we have.

Baylor is an athletic, well coached team, but not a dominate team.   Let’s see how the Bears respond when we go up by three touchdowns.  At the same time, I don’t want to blow smoke up your skirts, because I have seen firsthand how hard it is to win a night game at McLain Stadium.  I have also seen firsthand that it can be done.  It will be tough sledding, but then again, there is only one Oklahoma. 

Boomer Sooner…

P.S.

Kudos to those fans that stayed to the bitter end Saturday night.  We could not have done it without you.

Here we go again…

OSU just announced that they were going to sign the top high school guard in America.  This guy along with several other top picks should give OSU a top five recruiting class.   Who said crime does not pay?  OSU, Kansas, Arizona and Louisville have been indicted by the FBI for a cheating scandal that would make Watergate look like child’s play.  Conveniently, the NCAA has decided to wait until after the signing period to punish these teams.  No since stirring the pot…sounds like the keystone cops to me.

Adding to our misery will be the fact that Lon Kruger will continue to do things the right way as OU tries to return to respectability this year.  The Oklahoma news outlets will act like three blind mice in handling this story.   As we know, farmers make up a sizeable portion of the Oklahoma population so the Kfor will always cater to the Aggie crowd.   The fact that OU and Lon Kruger will refuse to debase themselves will be lost in the shuffle.

This year as the OSU fans rush the court after every win, OU fans will know the real truth about how those wins happened.   Maybe, one of these days, the NCAA will wake up, grow a pair and put a stop to this nonsense.  Until that happens, our best bet will be to appreciate Lon Kruger for being the good guy that he is and take stock in the fact that  OU does it the right way…

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

Hard times…

I have to admit it…I never saw that mess on Saturday coming.  Of course as Dr. T. has said many times, you can never trust Kansas State, with or without Bill Snyder.   Now, we must navigate our way back to the top for a shot at the CFP.  That means jumping over five undefeated and four one loss teams in the latest AP poll.  Adding to our challenge is a Big 12 that has fallen apart.  Even the Big 12’s only undefeated team, the Baylor Bears are well out of the CFP running.

For those of you who love a challenge, this is it.

I know, it’s probably best to put these things behind us, but this one is going to be hard to deal with.  While after that 3rd quarter, the Sooners probably had no business being in this game at the end, they were and yes, should have won the game.

Granted, the onside kick could have gone either way, but I will always contend that it should have gone our way.  Even without the onside kick, we should have won the game.  Think of this…

  1. Cee Dee Lamb gets hammered in the end zone at the end of the game…a move that should have resulted in a pass interference clock stoppage and a subsequent OU score. (2 minutes lost on the clock)
  2. Then Jalen Hurts scores a touchdown…the officials decide not to review the play resulting in a loss of 30 seconds before he scores for a second time. This review business is driving me over the edge.
  3. On the second try, Jalen is clearly into the end zone for the score, but the side judge takes 30 seconds to make his way to the scrum to signal a touchdown. Where do they find these guys…my grandmother can move faster than that guy and she’s in a walker?

According to my math, these events would have given OU an extra three minutes, not to mention extra time-outs prior to the onside kick fiasco.  Most importantly, this would have given us more than enough time to avoid a precarious onside kick scenario.

I’m sorry, but this conference sucks…from the t.v. contract to the officiating crews to the teams themselves.  Now, we must fight our way back to the top using a conference consisting of a no-name Baylor team and a bunch of two loss conference teams.  Oh well, it is what it is…

Like I said, everyone loves a challenge.  I think we just found one…

Boomer Sooner…

OU-Texas

First off I want to thank all of you for your Christmas wishes.  I’ve been celebrating a premature Christmas all day.   Normally, a win is a win, but not in this case.  We now have a legitimate shot to play for all the marbles, not to mention OU-Texas bragging rights.   I felt pretty good going into the game, but squandering two touchdowns made me squirm a bit.  In the end this fact only sweetened the feeling.

One more thing… a wise man once said that offense sells tickets, but defenses win championships.  We saw this OU team come of age on Saturday and hopefully the 2019 Sooners will become the personification of this wise man’s advice.  This offense will only get better as the season goes on and now that we have a defensive coordinator that can spell defense, this team will have a shot at winning a National Championship.  Hang on; this is going to be a fun ride.

By the way, let’s give Sam Ehlinger his due…this guy’s a gamer…I don’t like the guy, but he did his best to will his team to a win.  He also has a bunch of long armed receivers and now that Texas has a semblance of a run game, these guys will be dangerous when they get healthy.   I don’t want to see Texas again this year.  The good news is that the Horns play Iowa State, Baylor and Tech at the end the season.  Our best bet may be Iowa State.  The Cyclones are going to be tough down the stretch, particularly in Ames.

Here’s one other question about the OU-Texas game.  I’ve never thought of this before, but how many football stadiums in America have both teams enter the stadium through the same entrance.  Being OU-Texas, once must wonder why a fight has not broken out before.  This plan is similar to having the Earp and the Clanton brothers walk down the same street in Tombstone on the way to the OK Corral.  Can you imagine the smack talk that would be coming out of Doc Holliday’s mouth?

There is an upside to this story.  Every member of the team got an unsportsmanlike penalty for the game due to what happened in the tunnel.  This means that every walk-on making the trip to Dallas will have a tale to tell their grandchildren.   These guys will brag that they were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct at the OU-Texas game back in ’19.  I can only imagine how this story will evolve after being retold thousands of times.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

October 8, 1966 is a day that will live in infamy.  Those are famous words, not about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and from FDR, but about an OU win over Texas and from ERS.  This date was the first OU win over Texas in my memory bank.  Like other dates in history where old timers remember exactly where they were at that point in time, I remember exactly where I was on that day.

I became a rabid OU at age 8 and did not experience a win over Texas until I was 16.   Year after year, I would go through Texas week expecting a win, only to have my hopes dashed against the rocks each year.  My first win in ’66 was worth the wait.

For the record, I would not taste a win over Texas for five more years.   For those who are counting, that was 12 of 13 scar-filled years.  So much for being a spoiled OU fan.   I learned early on to appreciate Texas wins and while those wins have become much more common place, they’re still special.  A win over Texas is like a 2nd Christmas.

Just like in the old days, the days will creep by as we await OU-Texas.  It will finally arrive and those of us who will be watching the game on our in-house big screen will warn family members including canines to vacate the premises for four hours.  I also warn love ones to check the final score before returning home.

Like the old days, OU fans should be careful about getting their hopes up, but just like the old days, I won’t be able to help myself.  I know crazy things happen in this game, but I must admit I feel really good about our chances.  We have the better team, so I fully expect to celebrate a 2nd Christmas this year.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

 

 

 

2019…

State fans regardless of their orange or crimson persuasion tend to get carried away this time of year.   Then again at this point every team in America is undefeated so this is to be expected.  The Sooners hope to run the table on the way to a National Championship and OSU hopes to beat OU in November to prevent this from happening.

Mike Gundy has created an offense and a schedule that will grease the skids to help the cause.  Gundy sacrificed last season in order to allow four star recruit Spencer Sanders to learn the offense.  Combine this guy with wide receiver Tylan Wallace and running back Chuba Hubbard and you have an offense that will light up the scoreboard.  I hate OSU, but I really love their offensive scheme.

OSU fans love their pathetic non-conference schedule for a reason.  OU insists on playing a couple of competitive non-conference opponents, while OSU insists on starting each season 3-0.   For OSU, we have two teams in Oregon State and Tulsa that combined to win a total of five games last year and a third team from the Louisiana high school ranks.  Combine this with a soft Big 12 schedule and the Ags should have no less than seven wins as they roll into Bedlam.

If OSU can eke out a win in Stillwater against the Sooners, Mike Gundy will occupy a special place in the hearts of Cowboy fans.   He will have beaten OU more times than any other OSU coach.  I know this seems shallow, but we are talking OSU here.    Cowboy fans consider a win over OU as the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts.

That’s right…OU erects statues to Heisman Trophy winners and OSU erects statues of coaches that can beat OU three times.

Is this a great state or what…

 

While most everyone has moved on to the recruiting Class for 2020, a final look at the Class of 2019 may be in order.   Phil Steele is the guy that puts out the most extensive preseason football magazine on the market these days.  He also puts out what I would consider to be the most accurate recruiting information as well.

As you know, football teams are allowed 85 scholarship players at any one time.  This means that the size of recruiting classes can vary from year to year.  I have seen classes as small as 18 and as large as 30.  A team with a new coach can run off a ton of players in order to make room for his new recruits.   This move can create over-sized recruiting classes.

Recruiting services like Rivals and 247sports give far too much credit to the number of recruits in a class and not enough credit to the stars by their names.    This system makes creating rankings much easier.   In their defense, the financial bottom line that creates pressure to take short cuts is paramount for these guys as football fans go online daily to keep tabs on their favorite team.  I do the same thing…after all winters in Oklahoma can be unbearable without a daily fix supplied by football recruiting news.

Phil Steele puts out his rankings the following summer in his preseason football magazine.  It’s always worth the wait, but this year the wait was even better for the Sooners.   OU has climbed three spots and jumped ahead of Texas on the Class of 2019 list…how sweet it is.  The Class of 2019 is getting better by the day.

National top 25…

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. OU
  4. Florida
  5. Tennessee
  6. Texas
  7. Ohio State
  8. Michigan
  9. Penn State
  10. Auburn
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Oregon
  13. Clemson
  14. Notre Dame
  15. LSU
  16. Florida State
  17. Mississippi
  18. South Carolina
  19. USC
  20. Arkansas
  21. Washington
  22. Stanford
  23. Nebraska
  24. NC State
  25. Mississippi State

 

Rest of Big 12…

38..TCU

45..West Virginia

46..OSU

57..Baylor

61..Kansas State

68..Texas Tech

70..Kansas

83..Iowa State