Okay OU fans, it’s time for a truth serum…going into this season, we would have been more than happy with a 5-1 record at this point of the season. We never really thought we would beat Ohio State and we never for a moment thought we would get beat by Iowa State.
There you have it…the OU season so far has been awash from a win-loss perspective. Avoiding the inevitable over simplification by OU fans that OU should never lose a game or that OU simply played lights out against Ohio State and stunk up the place against Iowa State, there may be other reasons for the unpredictable nature of OU football these days. As we know, OU tends to lose a game every year that they shouldn’t lose only to battle back for a flaming finish.
The average OU fan also has a hard time understanding how college football has changed since the Barry days. Parity has become a way of life as college scholarship limits and the NFL draft have leveled the playing field. Ohio State losing ten players to the NFL after last season and Iowa State being allowed to sign the same number of recruits as OU played a much bigger role in the current 5-1 record than either Baker Mayfield or Mike Stoops.
The parity factor should also make OU fans appreciate Saturday’s Texas’ win. Yes, I know Texas is still in a rebuilding mode, but those guys have a ton of talent. They also have a quarterback who can use his feet to avoid a bunch of tired tacklers at the end of a game. Possibly most importantly Texas always plays its best game of the year against the Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. It would not surprise me to see Texas lay an egg against OSU having played their career game against us in the Cotton Bowl.
OU’s ability to survive on Saturday should not be over looked by anyone. Yes, we blew a 20-point league and once again we got beat on the outside, but we still left the Cotton Bowl with a win. A win in the Cotton Bowl is always a big win.
Trust me…OU’s win on Saturday was not just about Texas; it was also about the possibility of beating OSU in three weeks. A loss last Saturday would have guaranteed a loss to the Gags in three weeks.
Baker-haters and you know who you are should kiss his ring today. Baker played hurt after a massive cheap shot he absorbed late in the game, but rallied to save Sooner Nation with his touchdown throw to Mark Andrews.
For those of us who have left the Cotton Bowl far too many times on the losing side, winning by five was like winning by fifty. I just hope that those OU fans that trashed Baker and abandoned the Sooners after the Iowa State loss sold their tickets too more deserving OU fans.
Beating Texas, particularly in the Cotton Bowl will always be a big deal…Sooner fans, we need to enjoy the moment. Beating Texas anytime is priceless.