2020 Conference-only scenario…

I know we want to play football this year in the worst way, but the one plan being floated around should never see the light of day.  The conference-only plan would benefit OSU and Texas at the expense of the Sooners.  Surely, this won’t happen, but I don’t trust Joe Castiglione in these matters.

Joe tends to be a politician, a personality trait that we saw back in 2011 as he agreed to send OU to Stillwater two years in a row to satisfy conference officials after conference realignment.  That decision cost the Sooners a 44-10 embarrassing loss to the Ags.   Never trust a politician further than you can throw them.

The conference only schedule for OU, OSU and Texas looks this way to me.

Texas (7-0) with 2 tossups…

OSU (7-0) with 2 tossups…

OU (4-0) with 5 tossups…

 

Texas at (7-0-2) Texas avoids playing LSU in Baton Rouge.  Instead, the Horns will start their season with Kansas State and then catch the Sooners in the Red River Shootout.  Texas will roll into the Cotton Bowl against OU with momentum and with an experienced quarterback at the helm. A win over OU would serve as a springboard to what could become a conference championship and a playoff appearance.

The toss-ups for Texas are OU (Cotton Bowl) and @OSU…

OSU (7-0-2) OSU will benefit from an early conference schedule as well as they play a weak early season schedule of TCU, Iowa State and Kansas. This schedule will create serious momentum for the Ags as they roll into Norman for Bedlam.   A seasoned Spencer Sanders will use his experience to give OU fits.  Keep in mind that this would be only Spencer Rattler’s fourth game of his career.

Win or lose in Bedlam OSU would roll into their season ending game against Texas.  A win would send them to the Big 12 Championship game and possible playoff berth.  Yuck…

The toss-ups for OSU are @OU and Texas…

OU (4-0-5) OU will start the season against a tough Baylor team and then face an experienced Texas bunch in the Red River Shootout.   Yes, I believe that Spencer Ratter is going to be an exceptional quarterback, but why have him start his career this way.  We may sneak out a win over Baylor, but getting a win in Dallas on this day will tougher than normal.

With a Texas size hangover, Lincoln and company will head to the Ames snake pit.  Next, with one, possibly two losses the Sooners will have to play an experienced OSU team in Bedlam.  I do not like the sound of this at all.

After Bedlam, the Sooners will have to go on the road for two tough road games at TCU and West Virginia.   The Sooners will also play Texas Tech Thanksgiving Friday this year.

The toss-ups for OU due to the schedule would be in order…Texas (Cotton Bowl), OSU, @Iowa State, @West Virginia, and @ Texas Tech…

We need to avoid the conference-only scenario for 2020 at all cost.  It would be better to forgo a year of football than to force the Sooners to play this schedule.  While I love those OU fans who believe that we can spit in the face of any challenge because we’re OU, but doing this would be total nonsense.  I’m an OU fan, but I also a pragmatist.  The conference-only season scenario should never see the light of day.

Go to https://fbschedules.com/college-football-team-schedules/ and see if you agree with my prognosis.

 

 

 

2020 Conference-only scenario…

I know we want to play football this year at all costs, but the one plan being floated around should never see the light of day.  The conference-only plan would benefit OSU and Texas at the expense of the Sooners.  Surely, this won’t happen, but I don’t trust Joe Castiglione in these matters.

Joe tends to be a politician, a move that we saw back in 2011 that had OU playing in Stillwater two years in a row and in so doing creating a 44-10 loss for the Sooners.   Some may believe my concerns to be overblown, but these following stats tell us otherwise.

Texas (7-0-2)

OSU (7-0-2)

OU 4-0-5)

Texas at (7-0-2) avoids playing LSU in Baton Rouge.  Instead, the Horns will start their season with Kansas State.  Next after an opening game win, Texas will roll into the Cotton Bowl against OU with momentum and with an experienced quarterback at the helm. A win over OU would serve as a springboard to what could become a conference championship and a playoff appearance.

OSU (7-0-2) will benefit from an early conference schedule as well as they play a weak early season schedule. With the conference-only schedule, I see a three game winning streak to start the season for the Ags as they prep for Bedlam.   A seasoned Spencer Sanders will use his experience from last year and this year to give OU fits.  Keep in mind that this would be only Spencer Rattler’s fourth game of his career.

Win or lose in Bedlam OSU would roll into their season ending game against Texas.  A win would send to the Big 12 Championship game and possible playoff berth.  Yuck…

OU (4-0-5) will start the season against a tough Baylor team and then face an experienced Texas bunch in the Red River Shootout.   Yes, I believe that Spencer Ratter is going to be an exceptional quarterback, but why have him start his career this way.  We may sneak out a win over Baylor, but getting a win in Dallas on this day will tougher than normal.

With a Texas size hangover, Lincoln and company will head to the Ames snake pit.  Next, with one, possibly two losses the Sooners will have to play an experienced OSU team in Bedlam.  I do not like the sound of this at all.

After Bedlam, the Sooners will have to go on the road for two tough road games at TCU and West Virginia and Texas Tech and end the year in Lubbock.

Here’s the Big 12 conference-only schedule…for OU, OSU, and Texas…

Texas-7-0-2

  • @ Kansas State…..1-0…..Early season game will help Texas…
  • OU…..???…..This will be Sam Ehlinger’s third OU-Texas game.  This would be                                      Rattler’s 1st Red River Shoot Out, not to mention his 2nd game as a                                  starting quarterback. 
  • West Virginia…..2-0
  • @Texas Tech……3-0
  • Baylor………………4-0
  • @Kansas………….5-0
  • TCU…………………..6-0
  • Iowa State………..7-0
  • @OSU…..???…..This game will be toss up, but OSU seems to own Texas these days.

OSU-7-0-2

  • @TCU…..1-0…..Tougher than normal opener, but Cowboys have the experience and                               will handle the Frogs.
  • Iowa State…..2-0…..Easy win…
  • @Kansas…..3-0…..This start will create Aggie momentum going                                                                         into Bedlam.
  • @ OU…..???
  • Texas Tech…..4-0
  • @ Baylor…..5-0
  • West Virginia….6-0
  • @K-State…..7-0…..OSU will be on a roll going into the Texas game…
  • Texas…..???

Oklahoma 4-0-5

  • Baylor…..1-0…..Harder than normal opening game with no experience                                                      at quarterback.
  • Texas…….???…..This will be the Spencer R.’s 2nd game as a starter, tough                                                     place for a younger quarterback…
  • @ Iowa State…..???…..Playing in Ames is always tough; with a rocky start,                                                            this game looks even tougher…
  • OSU…..???…..Comparing OU and OSU starts in this mock season,  the                                                     Big Mo. will be on the Aggie sideline.
  • @ TCU…..2-0…..Tough game due to challenging start.    
  • @ West Virginia…..3-0…..Another tough road game for Sooners…
  • Kansas State…..???…..Always hard to play Wildcats, but even worse this                                                              year…
  • Kansas…..4-0…..Sooners limping to the finish line with win over                                                                    hapless Jayhawks.
  • @ Texas Tech…..???…..Sooners could easily lose on Thanksgiving Friday in                                                           Lubbock..,

We need to avoid the conference-only scenario for 2020 at all cost.  It would be better to forgo a year of football than to force the Sooners to play this schedule.  While I love those OU fans who believe that we can spit in the face of any challenge because we’re OU, but doing this would be total nonsense.  I’m an OU fan, but I also a pragmatist.  The conference-only season scenario should never see the light of day.

 

 

 

Oklahoma’s top 15 recruiting list for 2020 according to Rivals.

1….Andrew Raym …………..4 stars/OU

2….Sevion Morrison………..  4 stars/Nebraska

3….Myles Slusher………….. 4 stars/Arkansas

4….Isaiah Jacobs……………3 stars/Maryland 

5….Javian Hester……………3 stars/Missouri

6….Duece Mayberry………..3 stars/Kansas

7….Dominic Richardson…..3 stars/TCU

8….Jeff Roberson……………3 stars/OSU

9….Brynden Walker………..3 stars/OU

10..Krishawn Brown………. 3 stars/KU

11..Eli Williams……………… 3 stars/TCU

12..Jordan Reagan………….3 stars/OSU

13..Eli Russ………………….. 3 stars/OSU

14..Ben Starks……………….3 stars/SMU

15..Blake Howell…………….3 stars/TCU

As we examine this class of Oklahoma prospects certain points jumps out at us.

  • First off, there were no five-star prospects in this Oklahoma class.  Unfortunately, this is not unusual for Oklahoma high school recruiting.
  • Additionally, there were only three four-star players in the class as well.  OU finds a way to contend for the National Championship every year in spite of weak Oklahoma high school classes.  This must drive Longhorn fans crazy.
  • This class underscores the essential need for OU to have at the helm a Head Coach who can recruit Texas and the rest of the country hard.  OU has to pay Lincoln whatever it takes to keep him in Norman.
  • While the State of Oklahoma class was relatively weak, OU did get the cream of the crop in Andrew Raym. Many recruiting services listed Raym as the top offensive linemen in the country.  It’s hard for an offensive lineman to get five stars.
  • Next, OSU continues to settle for 2nd best as top-notch talent either signs with OU or goes out of state.
  • Finally, six different football programs from outside the state signed players ahead of OSU.  Every year out of state schools recruit three-star players and turn them into difference makers.
  • The one player that OU could have used was Broken Arrow’s Myles Slusher, Slusher was a four-star standout defensive back out of Broken Arrow. He eventually ended up at  Arkansas after turning down Oregon.
  • Thanks to the OU brand, the Sooners can recruit nationwide.  Last year’s class hailed from nine (9) states other than Texas and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s top 15 recruiting list for 2020 according to Rivals.

1….Andrew Raym ……………..4 stars/OU

2….Sevion Morrison………….4 stars/Nebraska

3….Myles Slusher………………4 stars/Arkansas

4….Isaiah Jacobs………………..3 stars/Maryland 

5….Javian Hester……………….3 stars/Missouri

6….Duece Mayberry…………..3 stars/Kansas

7….Dominic Richardson…… 3 stars/TCU

8….Jeff Roberson………….,……3 stars/OSU

9….Brynden Wa,,lker…………3 stars/OU

10..Krishawn Brown………. .3 stars/KU

11..Eli Williams………………….3 stars/TCU

12..Jordan Reagan……………..3 stars/OSU

13..Eli Russ………………………….3 stars/OSU

14..Ben Starks……………….,,,….3 stars/SMU

15..Blake Howell…………………3 stars/TCU

As we examine this class of Oklahoma prospects certain points jumps out at us.

  • First off, there were no five-star prospects in this Oklahoma class.
  • Overall, this was a weak class. There were only three four-star players in the class.  OU finds a way to contend for the National Championship every year in spite of weak Oklahoma high school classes.  This must drive Longhorn fans crazy.
  • While the class was relatively weak, OU did get the cream of the crop in Andrew Raym. Many recruiting services listed Raym as the top offensive linemen in the country.  It’s hard for an offensive lineman to get four stars.
  • Next, OSU continues to be settle for 2nd best as top-notch talent either signs with OU or goes out of state.
  • Finally, six different football programs from outside the state signed players ahead of OSU. While Oklahoma high school talent is not great, there always seems to be a few gems that other schools recruit that turn into difference makers.
  • The one player that OU could have used was Broken Arrow’s Myles Slusher, Slusher was a four-star standout defensive back out of Broken Arrow. He eventually ended up at  Arkansas after turning down Oregon.
  • Finally, due to the OU brand, the Sooners can recruit nationwide. Last year’s class hailed from nine (9) states other than Texas and Oklahoma.

 

 

The new schedule in the new normal era…

Unfortunately, for the OU gymnasts the Corona virus era has snuffed out their National Championship season.  OU officials should create a 2020 championship banner for these girls similar to what OSU did for their 1945 football team.  Trust me, this team deserves a retroactive championship much more than that bunch of clod busters did.

Basketball teams were going nowhere so putting a merciful end to their horrid seasons was an act of kindness.  I hated to see this baseball season end as this team actually had a shot at Omaha.  Softball was set to limp to the finish line with too many key injuries to make a run at the top so in this case a hiatus was probably a good thing.

I know that this pandemic is extremely serious, but life must go on.   It is at times like these that we most need a light at the end of the tunnel.   Most importantly once the end is in sight we will need external stimuli to help us get back to normal.  In Oklahoma, that means college football.

Scientists have suggested that the Corona virus will need three months to hit its peak and three months more for a full descent.  This means that an August 1 report date for players and a September 1 starting day may be a stretch.  At the same time, all of us realize that life without football just can’t be.  To ease the pain of such a thought I have concocted a later than normal schedule to help us sleep at night.

OU’s 2020 football schedule…

Sept.1……fall workouts

Oct…4…..Missouri State

Oct…11…Tennessee

Oct…18…open date

Oct…25…@Army

Nov..4…..Baylor

Nov..11…Texas

Nov..18…@ Iowa State

Nov..25…Oklahoma State

Nov..1…..@ TCU

Dec..8…..@ West Virginia

Dec..15….Kansas State

Dec..22….Kansas

Dec..29…@ Texas Tech

Jan…4…..Big 12 Championship game @ Jerry World

As you can see, this modified schedule is not that bad.   The only issue I can see is that the late schedule moves the OU-Texas game away from the Texas State Fair.   While this move would deprive OU fans of waiting in lines in the the scorching Texas heat, I think most OU fans could live with that.

Hopefully, we will not need to use an adjusted football schedule, but just in case…we have one…after all, as Patrick Henry, one of the greatest Americans of all time and yes, an OU football fan once said… give me OU football or give me death!

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

Breaking news…

As we know channel four is the master of breaking news…these guys can make breaking news out a cat being stranded on a roof in Gotebo.  When I was principal at Edmond North, the camera crew would set up across the street from the high school looking for news to break out.  Those guys were pathetic then and they are equally pathetic now…

My wife who knows first hand that I can get worked up about the latest, greatest conspiracy theory when it comes to OU-bashing.   However, in this case she has noticed the blatant one-sided view on this channel as well.  One must wonder and I’m being serious here…does OSU pay Channel Four for a program sponsorship similar to how companies pay for advertisement.  If so, maybe we should take up a collection of our own.

Case in point, you can never turn on Kfor during the weather report these days without seeing the OSU logo in the top left hand corner.  Next, the sports report starts every session with the most inane OSU story. OU could win a National Championship and that story would be second page news on this channel. Lastly, whenever this channel does lead with an OU story, the story will invariably be negative in nature.

Possibly, someone should give those bozos a call and tell them how to spell OU.  I know that time is of the essence, but I believe that this could be done in just a day or two.

I know that I am paranoid when it comes to OU, but in this case, I think I may be onto something.