What a difference a year makes…

Last year’s Bedlam game created one of the lowest points in OU football history.  OU, a three touchdown favorite lost to OSU after leading by two touchdowns deep into the fourth quarter.  The loss occurred at home no less and after many Aggie fans had left the stadium, believing all was lost.

I remember the end of that game like it was yesterday as I stood in disbelief about what I had just seen…That was about as bad a feeling as I have ever had as a Sooner fan.  This year OU takes care of the Aggies, the alleged 11th ranked team in the country by five touchdowns and on the road no less…What gives…

What gives is that we need to give a big shout out to OSU.  If last year’s debacle does not happen the way it did, Bob Stoops is not forced to make needed staff changes and we are sitting out this year’s playoffs…Losing  to Texas or Ohio State or Baylor is one thing, but losing to OSU, particularly in the manner we did last year means heads will roll.

If given a truth serum, Bob Stoops might admit that he needed last year’s meltdown to occur to give him an excuse for dismantling his inbred staff.  I am confident that without those staff changes, OU would have lost to OSU for the 2nd year in a row.   Yes, this team is more talented and yes, we have Baker, but even Baker could not have overcome the Josh Heupel factor.

So there you have it…As we are giving thanks this holiday season, OU fans should thank OSU for making this National Championship run possible.

For the record, yes, I am an OU homer, but I am also an OU realist.  I like OU’s chances going forward…Running the gauntlet here at the end of the year with two of those wins coming on the road will prepare this team for whoever OU plays in the title race.

Having watched all the title contenders this past weekend, no team, including Alabama is hotter right now.  With Baker Mayfield as the team’s Commander in Chief, this team is special…

Wow…What a difference a year makes…

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

 

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Giving Thanks…

As a kid my favorite holiday was always Thanksgiving…Growing up on a farm birthdays were pretty much uneventful.  Christmas was cool, but nothing like today.

Thanksgiving always seemed a lot more special to me.  Once football joined up with family and food, the race was over, Thanksgiving became Numero Uno.  While I was not a huge Detroit Lions fan, I religiously watched the Lions Thanksgiving day game, just because it was football and it was Thanksgiving.  Eventually, the Thanksgiving night Texas-Texas A&M game joined the t.v. slate and I was really hooked.

Of course for OU fans, the emersion of the OU-Nebraska Thanksgiving Day game put us in Sooner heaven.  Like the Kennedy assassination or 9/11 all Sooner fans remember where they were on November 25, 1971, the day that will live in infamy for Sooner fans.  The game advertised as the “game of the century” lived up to its billing.

As I have said many times that was one of those games that OU won in spite of losing on the scoreboard.  OU under Barry Switzer dominated college football for years after that game.  In spite of losing the game, the Sooners ended the season ranked #2 in the AP poll with fellow conference teams Nebraska #1 and Colorado #3.

Again tomorrow I will be feasting with family as I sit in front of the tube.  Times have changed over the years as today’s t.v. market will support 53 games over the next three days.  While I must admit having one game was special I am not going to complain.

Okay, enough nostalgia…Bottom line is this… I love Thanksgiving because of the football reason, I also love Thanksgiving because it allows me to unabashedly give thanks for family, friends and all God’s blessings.

Have a great Thanksgiving Sooner fans.

Ed

The gigs up…

Okay the gigs up…I have been exposed…I wasn’t completely truthful in my last post.  You see I really don’t have two OSU friends and yes, I was secretly hoping for an OSU loss Saturday night.   I was actually using reverse psychology by laying out a Bedlam matchup that would best give OU a shot at the final four.  I had to try something because nothing else was working.

Whether it was that the reverse psych approach or OSU’s anemic running game, it worked…For the first time this year, OU won and OSU lost on the same day and all real OU fans were ecstatic.

There was a time when this was a common occurrence, but this year due to OSU greasing out win after win against weak Big 12 opponents, that nugget had alluded OU fans time and time again.  Regardless, the Aggie bubble burst on Saturday night and we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Regardless of what happens in Bedlam, the Pokes are not going anywhere…They now have only state pride to play for while the Sooners can still win a National Championship.  Here’s a thought; what if the Sooners make their way into the championship series and get matched up with Clemson.  Some may shudder at that thought, but the same was said about OU against Baylor.

This team is on a mission…Baylor has owned the Sooners the last two years and OU handed it to the Bears in Waco.  I suspect that the Sooner coaching staff would relish a chance to get that same payback opportunity against Clemson after what happened last year.

Only time will tell if that happens, but I have a sneaky suspicion that Stanford will handle the Irish next Saturday night just minutes before the OU/OSU game is concluded.  If OU can take care of the Gags, OU may get another shot at Brent Venables and his Tigers.

One last point…For those who say that recruiting is overrated; Saturday’s TCU game should be proof positive that that is not the case.  The TCU win and a possible run for an 8th National Championship was actually won two years ago when Steven Parker chose OU over a list of suitors including OSU.

Without securing Parker’s letter of intent on sighing day in 2014, TCU wins the game on Saturday; OU with nothing to play for loses to OSU in Stillwater and then goes belly-up once again in its bowl game.  Thanks for becoming a Sooner Steven Parker.

Boomer Sooner…

Go Pokes…

In order to be fair to my OSU friends (both of them), I wanted to put in a good word for OSU.  The Cowboys are in the midst of their best season ever.  Granted they have had a lot of help getting here, but they still deserve our encouragement.

Why you may ask am I being so magnanimous about OSU?   Simply put, we need OSU’s help to get where we want to go.   The Sooners need OSU to beat Baylor…An OSU win will create the game OU will need to spring board itself over Notre Dame regardless of what the Irish do against Stanford.   A win over a one-loss OSU team may not get it done.

With Baylor down to their third string quarterback (sounds familiar huh), the Cowboys will likely grease out another win at home to set up a winner-take-all game against the Sooners.  Don’t get me wrong it is entirely possible that OSU could beat OU, after all with the run of luck they are on this year, Baker Mayfield and Sterling Shepherd may go down this weekend.

If that does not happen and the best team wins the Bedlam game, OU will win the game going away.  I know some may worry about a 12-0 OSU team jumping over the Irish and into the play-offs, but this is the chance we will have to take.  Remember our ultimate goal is to get OU back on the national stage.

For additional encouragement here consider this, if the Cowboys were to beat the Bears and Sooners and jump over Notre Dame, their prize would be a date with an Alabama team with something to play for.   Seeing OSU actually play a good team outside Stillwater and witnessing the blood-fest that that game would create, it might be worth it.

Go Pokes…

And then there was one…

Who would have believed at the beginning of this season that OSU would be carrying the Big 12 banner.  Not me for sure…I knew their soft non-conference schedule and a weak conference would set the Cowboys up for a nice season, but never in my wildest imagination did I believe they could win the league and in doing so save this pitiful conference.

After OSU’s come from behind win over the lowly Cyclones, this is where we stand.  With OSU atop the Big 12 selection committee list, it may be up to the Cowboys to bring home the bacon by outdueling Notre Dame for that fourth and final playoff spot.

How you may ask we did get to this lowly point.  First off, we ran off Nebraska, Missouri and Texas A&M.  Then we decided to stand pat at ten teams.  Then the conference encouraged teams to play three high school games during their non-conference schedule and then in OSU’s case the conference made sure the Cowboys played the league’s best teams at home.    For a final dose of salt in the wound, the conference made sure the Sooners softened up each OSU opponent the week before they played the Cowboys.

The good news for the Big 12 office is that it might just work.  I suspect that the CFB selection committee will be hard pressed to rank a one loss Notre Dame team over an undefeated OSU team.   You think that this could not happen, think again…

This OSU team could grab an invitation to a National Championship party by simply winning its two final home games of the year?  Granted we are talking Baylor and OU, but then again we are still talking home games.   Remember, this is a game played with an oblong ball and anything can happen.

Regardless of how this deal turns out, T. Boone and David Boren must be ecstatic.  The possible dream game between the two comprehensive universities for all the marbles is within their reach.  Keep in mind we are talking an egotist in T. Boone and a politician in David Boren.

I get it…This could  be great news for Oklahoma as a state, but the consequences of an OSU team playing in the final four would dire for OU fans who have to live here 12 months out of the year. I don’t know about you, but if OSU makes the final four, I may have to uproot my family and move to Alaska.

Call me a sentimentalist, but I really miss those good old Big 8 days of OU, Nebraska and the six dwarfs.

 

And then there was one…

Who would have believed at the beginning of this season that OSU would be carrying the Big 12 banner.  Not me for sure…I knew their soft non-conference schedule and the home conference schedule would set up the Cowboys for a nice season, but never in my wildest imagination did I believe they could win the league and in doing so save this pitiful conference.

After OSU’s come from behind win over the woeful Cyclones and OU’s win over Baylor, this is where we stand.  With OSU atop the Big 12 selection committee list, it may be up to the Cowboys to bring home the bacon by outdueling Notre Dame for that fourth and final playoff spot.

How you may ask we did get to this lowly point.  First off, we ran off Nebraska, Missouri and Texas A&M.  Then we added a couple of average teams and decided to stand pat at 10.  Then the conference encouraged teams to play three high school teams during their non-conference schedule and then in OSU’s case the conference made sure the Cowboys played the league’s best teams at home.    For a final dose of salt in the wound, the conference made sure the Sooners soften up each opponent the weak before they played OSU.

The good news for the Big 12 office is that it might just work.  I suspect that the CFB selection committee will be hard pressed to rank a one loss Notre Dame team over an undefeated OSU team.   You think that this could not happen, think again…

When was the last time that an OSU team could grab an invitation to a National Championship party by simply by beating Baylor and OU team at home.  Obviously, both OU and Baylor are better than OSU, but then again stranger things have happened.  Remember, this is a game played with an oblong ball.

Regardless of how this deal turns out, T. Boone and David Boren will be ecstatic.  The possible dream game between the two comprehensive universities for all the marbles is within their reach.

I get it…This could  be great news for Oklahoma as a state, but intolerable news bad for of us OU fans who have to live here.  I don’t know about you, but if OSU makes the final four, I may have to uproot my family and move to Alaska.

Call me a sentimentalist, but I really those old Big 8 days of OU, Nebraska and the six dwarfs.

Go Baylor…

 

OU-Baylor…

The good news is that Baylor beat K-State 31-24 Thursday night…Thug U stays unbeaten and in the thick of the National Championship hunt. The win also sets up a huge game for the Sooners in Waco next Saturday night.

ESPN’s announcement that Game Day would be in town makes this event the biggest thing to hit Waco since the Branch Davidians. Let’s hope things turn out better for the Sooners than that deal did…

While it has become increasingly hard to root for Baylor these days, a Baylor win last Thursday was a must situation for the Sooners. Additional good news comes in the fact that the Bears beat the hapless Wildcats by a mere touchdown.

Granted, Jarrett Stidham had a nice game at quarterback replacing Seth Russell, but he is still only six months out of high school. In that vein Stidham is still yet to play against a college defense (That mess K-State put out there last Thursday night does not qualify.)  Put a hand in the guy’s face and we shall see what he is made of.

K-State, a team that is about as one dimensional as you can get, provided OU coaches and player’s confidence going into the Baylor game.   Move the ball and in doing so keep the ball away from Baylor.  OU will do that…

Finally, the anemic Big 12 Conference will provide OU with the final winning piece to this puzzle.   OU has had three open dates (also known as Big 12 games) to prepare for these guys…Additionally; the Big 12 has set up Baylor for failure by allowing them to play a high school schedule.  They’ll be introduced to “Man Football” come Saturday night.

With Game Day in town and a national t.v. audience to fire up the natives, the Whacko-Waco crowd will be jacked up…If OU can weather the early storm, I like our chances.

Boomer Sooner…