Bedlam…

I almost got ahead of myself by blogging about the texass coaching change. I will have an interesting slant on that story next week.

As for now, our focus must be on Bedlam. I hate the term Bedlam, but I guess I will have to go with the flow. By the way, in case you have not heard the story, the Bedlam term for OU-OSU sporting events originated at a wrestling match in Agwater back in the day.

In those days, OU had Dr. Death Steve Williams who was hated by the Aggies. More often than not he simply dominated the boys in tikes.   On this night the OU-OSU match came down to Dr. Death and the OSU heavyweight.

In those days there was no weight limit on heavy weights so the Ags brought in a goon weighing the other side of 400 pounds to wrestle Dr. Death.   As expected the OSU wrestler simply leaned on Dr. Death for 9 minutes and eventually wore him down for the win.

As expected the crowd stormed the court, which happens every time OSU beats OU in anything. On the way out of the arena, an OSU fan was heard to have said, “it was Bedlam” in there.  Unfortunately with the help of two Joes it stuck.

Not for a loss of making hay out of any marketing scheme, the then OSU A.D. Terry Don Phillips and the “then still wet behind the ears” Joe Castiglione decided to market the Bedlam phrase and as the say, the rest is history.

It worked to perfection, as the phrase has become part of the Okie vernacular. More importantly, the branding of the phrase has paid huge dividends for OSU in their quest to compete with the Sooners. OU did not need a branding scheme so basically the benefit went to the Ags.

As for me I miss the pre-Bedlam days when OU would hang half a hundred on OSU every year.   Oh well, let it go Ed…

As for this year…I would be lying if I told you that I was not concerned about this game.   OSU had sixteen starters back this year and they have turned that group into a very good team.   More importantly, the Pick is paying his hired hands extremely well and those guys have done a nice job of finishing out games.

I am particularly impressed with what they have done with Mason Rudolph and James Washington.   Hopefully these guys will enter the draft early.

Fortunately for us the game is in Norman and OU has an unstoppable offense. We can only hope that we can outscore the orange hoard of the north. I suspect it will be a game similar to the one in Lubbock where we had to get up by two touchdowns and hang on for dear life.

Let’s go with OU – 52, OSU 35…

Now for my bonus issue….

I hope Bob has been watching game film this week, both of OSU and OU’s special teams. OSU’s sells out to blocking field goals and OU sells out to missing them.

This year’s holder is a redshirt freshman from Heritage Hall by the name of Connor McGuiniss. Connor was the quarterback on a couple state championship teams.   He is rangy and an excellent passer.

I would love to see Bob fake a field goal with this guy throwing to a wide-open receiver. Not only would the move possibly create points, it will also slow that rush down.

If it happens, remember you heard it hear first…

Boomer Sooner…

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Kansas…

What do Kansas and Kansas State have in common?   Both have been ranked as the worst D-1 football program in America…Back in the day, K-State and Wake Forest would go back in forth from one year to the next as to which team would be ranked dead last.

Back in the day, the joke was that the good news is that K-State had 22 starters coming back, the bad news is that K-State had 22 starters coming back. You get my point.

Then it happened…Like manna from heaven…A K-State alum from Dodge City won the lottery and decided to donate a large portion of his earnings to K-State. The Wildcat brass used the money to put in artificial turf.  Seems like a small thing today, but K-State was one of the first college programs to do this and cosmetic affect produced huge dividends.

Next K-State hired away Bill Snyder from the Iowa staff and as they say the rest is history. Speaking of cosmetic affects, the first thing Snyder did was to steal an idea from Iowa and produce the Wildcat helmet logo. Again a small thing to some, but a huge deal psychologically.  Finally, he insisted that his team enter and leave the field in lockstep fashion.  They still do this today and it is really cool to watch.

Of course, as we know Kansas has replaced K-State as the worst Power Conference team in America, but no one would have thought that on Saturday as KU students tore down the goal posts at Memorial Stadium.

Beating Texas for the first time since 1938 will do that. That’s right, it had been some 78 years since the Jayhawks had beaten the Horns…That kind of drought is what has made Cubs fans famous over the years.

Finally, I have a confession to make…I have always been a closet KU fan. The very first football game I ever attended was one at Lewis Field in Stillwater where Kansas was taking on the old Oklahoma Aggies.  KU beat the Ags on that day and I became a KU fan.

That day was special for me as a 12-year-old kid, but Saturday’s game was even better. Anytime Texas loses, it is a good day, but for them to lose to KU was fantastic.

At the same time OU fans must realize that good things sometimes come at a price.   With Charlie Strong losing to KU, his fate is sealed and he will likely be fired by this time next week.   Even more concerning is that Houston’s Tom Herman will take his place.  With the talent that Charlie has assembled in Austin, winning will return to UT as soon as next season.

More bad news may come in the form of Lincoln Riley becoming the top candidate to replace Herman at Houston. That would be the worst news of all…

Then again, let’s worry about that tomorrow. Today, let’s relish in the what Lincoln has done this year.  He has single-handedly created a three headed monster at OU…This offense will be hard to stop…

Boomer Sooner…

 

Patience…

The good news is that the Louisville rallied to beat Wake Forest.   I don’t hold any ill feelings against the Demon Deacons or have any fond feelings for Bobby Patrino and Louisville, but I do have reasons for this to happen.

I do not want OU backing into the college football National Championship series this year. I know that as an OU homer this may appear to be sacrilege, but most importantly I am a realist who does not want the Sooners to be embarrassed again by getting in over our heads by playing an Alabama or Ohio State this year.

The OU name can do this and when it happens it is not pretty. We don’t want to be a part of another FCS championship beat down like we had against Clemson until we have the hourses to compete.   Right now we do not.

Instead, we should hope to finish up just outside of the final four and latch onto a Sugar Bowl game against the SEC runner-up. Finish the season and the recruiting wars with momentum that will send us into 2017 with a rush.

Here is my formula for success…

…..Continue to utilize an unstoppable offense and a young improving defense to beat back West Virginia on the road and OSU at home. Finish up a ten-win season and take this momentum and injured players returning to the field to perform well in the Sugar Bowl.

……Obviously, any SEC team will be tough, but I see a drop off after Alabama. Texas A&M, the most likely opponent will not have a Johnny Manziel or even a Trevor Knight this year, so I expect the Sooners can hang with those guys.

…..Players come to Oklahoma to win championships so, maybe, just maybe, Mixon and Perine will return (a guy can dream, can’t he) next year.  Use this momentum to convince other Sooner players to do the same.

…..Top off the current top five recruiting class with a couple of difference-making 5 star prospects.

  1. The 2016 Final Four…

….Alabama…

….Ohio State after beating Michigan at home…

….Clemson with home win over South Carolina…

….Louisville…

 

  1. The 2017 Final Four…

….Alabama

….OU

….Michigan with win over Ohio State

….Louisville

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly update…

Kliff Kingsbury should fire his offensive coordinator…Oh, wait a minute he is the offensive coordinator.   Smart move Kliff…It is hard to fire yourself.

Send every one long and hit the running back out of the back field and you beat Texas…This is not rocket science. This guy makes $4 million a year to screw this up.

And another thing…How can anyone not find eleven tough, hard-nosed West Texas kids to play defense. You and I could do that.  Joe Hollywood is a joke…

As Taylor would say, this guy has one job to do and he sucks at it. They need fresh blood in Lubbock.

Next, I love Bill Snyder, but he needs to move into the 21st century and get himself one of them there new-fangled tape players.   How many times have we seen James Washington run free for a touchdown late in the game over the past two years?  Double cover the guy for Pete-sake…

And another thing, Snyder needs to keep up with rules changes.   It is now legal for a ball carrier to be pushed into the end zone.    Why not put three fullbacks in the back field and push the quarterback into the end zone.  Again, not exactly rocket science.

I know this is Kansas State and yes Wildcat fans know they are fortunate to have him, but that last 8 minutes in Manhattan was about as weak a coaching effort as I have seen in a while.

Fortunately, this win leaves OSU fans all a flutter as they dream of beating OU this year. Give Mike Gumby credit he has done a nice job of keeping his Cowboys out of Logan County lock up this year.  I really thought they would lose another game or two by now.  At this point, expect the Cowboys to have nine wins and a ton of momentum when they hit Norman in early December.

Just to be sure that OU can avoid an upset I may have to bring my daughter back from college for the OSU game. OU has never lost a game, home or away when she is in attendance. I really feel good about our chances against the Gags, but why take a chance.

As for OU, call me a crazy homer, but I think this OU team is about to be really good. Unstoppable on offense and Improving on defense.

With Baylor imploding, our attention now turns to that trip to Morgantown and the game we have hesitated to think about all year. A visit to West Virginia will tell us what we are made of.

We are going to need all our injured players to be back on deck for that one. Once we get all our injured players back to mesh with the young guys that have filled in while they were gone, we might be pretty good football team after all.

I suspect that once again; the Sooners are peaking at just the right time.

Boomer Sooner…