We now know that we will play a non-conference game along with nine conference games this season. According to Joe Castiglione, we will play three games within five weeks which means we will play Missouri State on September 12th and Baylor on October 3rd. The question now is who will be the mystery team in the middle of that sandwich.
Rumor has it that Big 12 officials want the Big 12 to start the season off with a bang so they are looking for rivalry games for that first conference weekend. For OU this would mean either Texas or OSU. Texas will never agree to move their OU game away from October 10th and of course no one tells Texas what to do, so that would leave OSU.
With their best team in years OSU would love the opportuniy to start the season on national t.v. against the Sooners. For OSU this would be a dream come true. For OU on the other hand, this would be a lose-lose situation.
We are expected to beat OSU every year and as a result, the Sooners will have everything to lose and nothing to gain. Next, the Sooners will start an inexperienced quarterback in Spencer Rattler. We know that Spencer is going to be a star, but why put him in the fire swamp right out of the chute. Give him a game or two to find his bearings.
OSU on the other hand will start a former four-star quarterback who showed spurts of brillance last year. The Ags will also trot out an experienced team with exceptional skill position players. For the first time ever, this game will be played in front of phantom fans which means the Sooners’ home field advantage will be minimized.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been licking his chops for several years hoping that someone would knock the Sooners off their high horse. He wants conference parity in the worst way and I would not put it past him to use this game to make that happen.
I know all OU fans want football, any kind of football in the worst way, but we don’t want it to happen at OU’s expense. It will be Joe Castiglione’s job to make sure that OU’s interests are protected and that this sordid scenario does not happen. This pandemic is not the Sooners’ fault and having to play a game of this nature due to the virus is simply unacceptable.