Back to the future…

It is times like this when all OU fans believe that OU will go undefeated this year…all the more reason for us to be reminded of that day last October, a date that will live in infamy for Sooner fans.

No one and I mean no one saw that Iowa State loss coming. I was so confident that I bet Mimi Tamage my house that OU would not lose to Iowa State on that day. Of course being the quick-witted guy that I am, I changed my story after the game to “I meant that I would bet your house”. Of course Mimi did not fall for that noise and let me off the hook anyway. Otherwise I would be living in a van down by the river these days.

With this as our backdrop, and given the fact that the NCAA has worked over time to level the playing field these days, assuming anything in today’s college football world is a mistake. Regardless, I will take a shot at gambling on the Sooner football future anyway.

First, I do believe that this year will be tougher than some may think.  We play Lane Kiffin’s FAU team in the opener and as we know any team with Florida players can be plenty good.  We also play what could be a much improved West Virginia team at season’s end.   With recruiting on the upswing, keeping last year’s momentum going in 2018 will be huge for the Sooners moving forward.

I really do believe that OU under Lincoln Riley will get us back in the mix for a National Championship sooner rather than later. I also want to give Bob Stoops some credit here as he made the coaching transition as about as flawless as one can get.   The 2017 season ended with the Sooners finishing behind only the SEC behemoths Alabama and Georgia.

Lincoln’s first recruiting class was a step above previous years with several difference-makers in this group.     I know we love to hate the SEC, but they really do play a different brand of football down there and this difference will only be made up over time with an upgrade in recruiting. This blog will help point out that Lincoln is doing his part to make this happen.

Okay, let’s roll the tape…

First, we have the Rivals Big 12 rankings based on a combination of team success and recruiting for the last five years. The numbers to the right are national rankings.

Remember, as you look at these lists that unlike the SEC, only one Big 12 team will make the playoffs on a given year. These numbers reinforce this fact.

  1. OU  13
  2. Texas  13.2
  3. Baylor 29.6
  4. TCU 32.8
  5. OSU 36.4
  6. West Va. 40.8
  7. Texas Tech 49.0
  8. Iowa State 56.4
  9. Kansas St. 61.0
  10. Kansas 68.8

Next we have the latest Rivals 2019 Big 12 and national recruiting rankings…

  1. OU #1 nationally…(11 commitments and two five star players so far)
  2. Texas #14…
  3. TCU #20…
  4. Iowa State #32…
  5. Baylor #34…
  6. OSU #43…
  7. West Virginia #46…
  8. Texas Tech #56…
  9. Kansas State #66…
  10. Kansas #66…

Finally, the 247sports 2020 Big 12 and national recruiting rankings…

  1. OU #2 nationally…
  2. TCU #16…
  3. Texas #20…
  4. Baylor #29…
  5. Iowa State #32…
  6. OSU #35…
  7. West Virginia #45…
  8. Texas Tech #62…
  9. Kansas State #66
  10. 10…Kansas #72…

As we know the first key to making the playoffs will be dominating the Big 12. As we also know that the Big 12 is similar to the Pac 12 in that we have no wiggle room. I know that Texas sucks, but Texas getting better will allow help the conference’s image and OU’s playoff possibilities.   Staying one step ahead of the Horns will be the key for Sooner football.

Lincoln has us on track to get back our National Championship strut over the next few years…how sweet it is…

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

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Streaks…

Famous college slogans…

Oklahoma “Boomer Sooner”

Auburn “War Eagle”

Alabama “Roll Tide”

Texas “Texas Fight”

USC “Fight on”

Oklahoma State “Next year is our year”

Possibly given the Sooner women’s recent dominance of the Cowgirls in softball, we should change this slogan for OSU to read, “next decade is our decade”. With this year’s sweep, the Cowgirls have not beaten the Sooners in softball since 2011. The current OU win streak is at 20 games. One more year and the Sooners win streak over the Cowgirls will last into the 2020’s.

One may ask…how does this streak compare to football? While the Sooners have dominated the football series 88-17-8, the longest winning streak was 19 games from 1946 to 1964.   While that streak spanned more than one decade and will forever be the moniker for in-state rivalries, sweeping a team in three-game sets every year may be a taller order.

As you know even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every once in a while, so just like the Aggie football team, the Cowgirls will eventually snap the softball streak. At the same time given the fact that the Sooners return a solid nucleus of junior starters next year and the Cowgirls will graduate their best team in years, this streak may be safe for at least one more year.

As OU fans we love winning streaks so stay tuned…

Boomer Sooner…

The Baker factor…

On draft day, hundreds, if not thousands of OU fans declared that they knew all along that Baker would go first in the NFL draft.   As for me, I didn’t see this one coming. I was hopeful that Baker would be at the top of the first round, not just for Baker’s sake, but also for the good of the program and most importantly, for recruiting, but I never expected him to go #1.    Now that he has, it will be important for us to mark this moment going forward.

Just like another great OU quarterback, Baker will be like a bell cow when it comes to recruiting.  Back in the day, OU football had hit a lull following the Bud years.   It was 1969 and Barry Switzer was making one of his many forays into Texas to steal that state’s best high school talent for the Sooners.   The best player in Texas that year was Abilene Cooper’s Jack Mildren. Mildren like Baker Mayfield was not blessed with the prototypical physique of most star quarterbacks.   Instead Mildren like Mayfield possessed the heart of a champion to go along with the Crimson blood flowing through his veins.

Mildren became the bell cow that year as he led the procession of great Texas high school talent crossing the Red River to play for the Sooners.   With this group, the Sooners became a force on the national scene once again, played in the ’71 Game of the Century and won National Championships in ’74 and ’75.

I see the same thing happening today as Baker has become the standard bearer for OU football and as a result blue chip football players are flocking to Norman once again. The Sooners will return a solid nucleus of talent this coming year to go along with a top ten 2018 recruiting class.  Joining the Sooners over the next two years will be the #1 ranked Rivals (2019) class and the #1 247Sports (2020) class. Not since the Barry years have the Sooners recruited like this.

I know that no one would wish the Browns job on anyone, but then again, if anyone can be successful in Cleveland, Baker can. Baker is the type guy that legends are made of.  What better place than Cleveland for him to show off his Super Man impression. The whole world including the next batch of blue chip recruits will be watching as well.

Buckle up Sooner fans; we’re in for a fun ride in both Cleveland and Norman…

Boomer Sooner…