Week four notes…

…Texas sucks, big time…One week a missed PAT for a loss and the next a punt for minus six yards for another loss…This team is a train wreck…

…Trivia question for the week…When was the last time a Texas team entered the OU-Texas game with four losses. How about never…Not in the 109 years of this rivalry has this happened…

…We still don’t know how good OSU is. They still have not played anyone…

…Tech and TCU can be unstoppable on offense, but are both porous on defense. I don’t see a final four in TCU’s future this year.

…By the way, Tech did not lose the TCU game on the deflected pass at the back of the endzone. The game was lost on the previous drive due to Kliff Kingsbury horrendous play-calling.

…OU had better bring its A-game against West Virginia. Bad time for a rooster kickoff…This television contract sucks.

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The tale of the tape for week three…

First off, I would advise all OU fans to avoid the Sports Animal this week. I am a recovering Sports Animal addict with three years sobriety from these bozos.  The combined IQ of this trio is less than that of one OSU football player…Enough said…

Between the idiot OU fans and nimnod trio of Jim, Al and Berry, the airwaves will be full of people jumping off the deep end after Saturday’s Tulsa game.

I would do myself a favor and dial up some rock and roll this week.

Granted OU’s defense was lacking at times, but unlike last year’s Baylor game, OU had an answer…Lincoln Riley’s offense…The game was also the proverbial trap game. This time last week the Sooners were just getting off the plane after playing one of the greatest games in Sooner history. A let down was inevitable.

No one and I mean no one expected Tulsa to play that well. I will have more on the Tulsa program later, but for now it is safe to say, the Golden Hurricanes have found themselves a coach.

The Bottom line is that a win is a win…OU is 3-0 and unlike last year, the Sooners won a shootout. For a program that feeds off winning championships, this is all that matters at this point of the season. And yes, that game will help us prepare for Tech and Baylor air raids.

As for the rest of the league, here we go…

….TCU is on the verge of falling off the turnip truck… Look for this to happen this next week in Lubbock.

….Baylor is on the verge of falling off that truck as well.   It may take longer, but it will happen.

….I know Arkansas is down this year, but for Texas Tech to go into Fayetteville and hand it to the hogs they way they did was pretty darn impressive. There is a reason Mahomes beat out Baker for the job…That happening was a win-win for both teams.

….Texas cannot get out of its own way. Make it four Texas’ losses heading into OU-Texas…Mack Brown is looking pretty good to the Longhorn faithful right now…Look for donors to be flying “Sorry Charlie” banners over the stadium next Saturday.

….Let me get this straight…OSU is 3-0 after beating up on the #119th and 122nd ranked D-I teams in the country, not to mention a high school team from Conway, Arkansas. Good work if you can get it…Look for the Ags to be 5-0 when they go to Morgantown in three weeks.

….West Virginia – Watch out for these guys…Be thankful that we play the Mountaineers at home this year…There will be a lot of sofas burned in Morgantown this year. I wish I owned a furniture store in that town…

….Same old K-State…well coached, but lacking in the talent area. Good year to play the Wildcats in Manhattan.

….Kansas is not the league’s worst team this year. Basketball season can’t get here fast enough for Cyclone fans.

Sooner Magic…

I know this term has become trite to many, but nothing else will describe what happened Saturday night better than “Sooner Magic.”

The Sooners had been manhandled for most of the game by a talented Tennessee team and one of the loudest crowds in the history of college football.

For OU to go into that hornet’s nest with a young offensive line and a new quarterback and come out with a win is nothing short of historic. Of course, for OU this is but one more chapter in the hallowed history of Sooner football.

It is games like these that sets OU apart from other teams. It is for these type games that great players line up to play for the Sooners.

Going in, we knew that the crowd would be a factor and it was.   We also believed that if we could stay afloat going into the 2nd half, we would have a chance.   As the 3rd period began to wind down, I began to doubt that theory. Then, right on cue, Sooner Magic slowly, but surely began to take hold.

It began with one first down and then another and then we scored.   At that point the butt cheeks of the Tennessee crowd, some 100,000 strong began to tighten. They knew what was coming next, Sooner Magic…

Once Big MO began to take on a crimson hue, the outcome was never in doubt.

Granted the Sooners milked the occasion for all it was worth, but once the game went into overtime the Volunteer fans knew they were toast.   The manner in which it happened not only made it that much sweeter, it also served to prepare the Sooners for more of the same down the road.

Moving forward, the Sugar Bowl win against Alabama won’t hold a candle to this win in resetting the mindset for this program. After what happened last year, the Sooners needed this one in the worst way and the manner with which it happened will only make the resolve of this team that much stronger.

Now, even if we have the inevitable stubbing of the toe in a game we are expected to win, the Sooners are destined to be no worse that 8-1 going into Waco.   With OU feeding off wins, going into the Baylor undefeated would not surprise me either.   Either way, this team will be hard for opponents to handle moving forward.

As I said last week, if OU can find a way to win at Tennessee, look out…This team could be something special. Now we shall see just how special.

It appears that the stars are aligning themselves for the Sooners in 2015…

Boomer Sooner…

Lessons learned from week one…

….I know it was Akron and I know it’s early, but this team is light years better than last year…If the Sooners can find a way to win at Tennessee, look out…

….Overrated…TCU, Baylor and OSU….I’m sorry, but beating SMU (Baylor) by any margin is not a big deal. Beating Minnesota (TCU) and a directional school (OSU) by a touchdown is embarrassing.

….Texas sucks…but I am not sure how much… Graduation and attrition completely decimated both the offensive and defensive lines for this year’s Texas team. Notre Dame on the other hand has more returning starters than the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mix in a hostile Irish crowd and you have a recipe for a blowout…

…The Texas season will be decided in three weeks when the Horns take on OSU in Austin. Lose that one and the Horns will head to Dallas with three losses.

…Iowa State will beat Iowa again…The Cyclones will finish in the middle of the Big 12 pack…

….Same song, difference verse in Lubbock. All-World offense and no defense…Although, I do believe the Mahomes kid is pretty darn good…

….K-State is better than advertised.   Look for the Cats to beat OSU in Stillwater this year…

….When does basketball start in Lawrence? KU tried to spike the ball at the end of the game only to fumble the snap…Losing to the Jack Rabbits of South Dakota State is about as bad as it gets.

….Nationally, I missed on the Arizona State/Texas A&M and Stanford/Northwestern games to go 13-2. I tend to underestimate the Aggies and overestimate David Shaw (Stanford).

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Ed

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The Hail Mary…

What is it about coaches and the end of a half? They seem to go brain-dead. Possibly, bad coaching moves stem from too many hits to the head or possibly they are simply in a rush to get to the bathroom.

In any case, bad calls at the end of a half can create horrendous results. My favorite before last year’s Bedlam fiasco was Pat Jones with his team on defense calling a time out 4 seconds to go in the half of a Bedlam game. On the next play Cale Gundy throws a touchdown to tight end Forrest Valora which stuck a dagger in the Aggie heart that day.

Of course that was before last year’s Bedlam’s end-of-game breakdown that we won’t talk about.

A third favorite came last night in the form of another Hail Mary call.   In the Yukon-Mustang game, Yukon had scratched back to get within 7 points of a really good Mustang team right before halftime.

The teams go to their locker rooms only to be called back. Mustang had called a time out with two seconds to play. What do you think is coming next; Of course, the Hail Mary?   The Yukon coaches played the impending Hail Mary with its standard alignment and of course the taller Mustang receiver out jumps the shorter Yukon defender in the end zone for a touchdown.

When you do what you’ve always done, you will get you’ve always gotten, a kick in the teeth. The Yukon team limped to the locker room completely demoralized and as they say, the rest was history.

Here’s a thought…Why not call a time out on defense to set the alignment.   Time outs don’t carry over to the second half and the last time I checked they can’t be sold on the black market.

Then, position your three down lineman to chase the quarterback to one side of the field and make him throw the ball. In the meantime all other defenders are dropping into the end zone.

Worst case scenario would be 8 defenders in the end zone against 4 eligible receivers. I have to believe that one of my eight guys can find the ball and knock it down.

Granted, I have never worked for NASA and I have never coached a down of high school football, but it seems to me that this is not rocket science.

Please, someone tell me that I am off base here so I can better understand why coaches keep doing this…