Crunch time…

The Big 12 has an image problem that must change.  Far too many national observers consider the conference soft and not worthy of Power Five Conference status.   The last few seasons have done nothing to change this mindset.  The last three years, OU has lost to SEC teams in bowl games and the past several years we have played second fiddle to the SEC in recruiting. 

Spitting in our face is Alabama who has stolen a five-star running back from us each of the past two years.   We simply must turn this thing around and fast.  The first step on our road to recovery is this year’s Cotton Bowl. 

The good news is that we will be playing the SEC’s 3rd, possibly 4th place team in the Cotton Bowl.  The bad news is that we are a three-point underdog going into the game.  I realize that beating Kyle Trask and the Gators will be a tall order, but we simply must get this done.     

We must stop the bleeding to get where we want to be.   We must start beating SEC teams on the grid iron and we must go toe to toe with SEC teams on the recruiting trail and pull out some much-needed w’s.     

This year’s Cotton Bowl will represent the beginning of the 2021 season.   OU fans should see this year’s Cotton Bowl as the season opener, a season that we believe will end with a CFP appearance and shot at a National Championship.   Additionally, with the end of the recruiting season still six weeks away, a big Cotton Bowl win will go a long way in securing a top five recruiting class that will lay the groundwork for 2021.   

Sitting back and enjoying a leisurely Cotton Bowl is not in the cards for OU fans…We need this win in the worst way and a sizeable point differential would be even better. 

That is right…it’s crunch time. 

Boomer Sooner…

Week seventeen…

First, we have the early National Letter of Intent signing day and then we have the Big 12 Championship game.  In the end, both will be huge successes for the Sooners and will mirror what to expect in coming weeks. 

The early signing period pretty much went as planned as OU hauled in a bunch of big-time athletes that will help them get to the next level.  The group of 16 which will grow to 23 over the next few weeks is stocked full of four- and five-star athletes.  In typical OU fashion even the three-star players have four-star potential written all over them.  One example is the long-armed defensive back Jordan Mukes out of Choctaw.  This guy fits the Alex Grinch system perfectly and will allow us to get away from having midgets covering tight ends.    

The only surprise I saw in the early group was that of four-star offensive lineman Savion Byrd.  Byrd is a top ESPN top 100 player who we stole from SMU.   He has family members on the SMU coaching staff that were pulling him south, but the OU name was too much for him to resist. 

The one disappointment was losing five-star offensive lineman Bryce Foster to A&M.  He would have been a great get, but he was an A&M legacy and in the end that hill proved too high to climb.   By the way, I suspect that OU got Byrd when it was revealed that Foster was going to A&M…that is the crazy world of recruiting. 

Rankings at this point mean nothing as some teams have already finished their recruiting while OU has signed only 16 of its projected class of 23 players.  Even with 16 players, 247sports has ranked OU at #8 in the country.  Down the stretch OU will sign several more four- and five-star recruits and in the end have a top five class.

Finally, we have the other good news from December. We will get a chance to settle the score with Iowa State.    Far too many Sooner fans abandoned ship back in October as the Sooners lost to Iowa State in Ames.   Sooner fortunes turned in that game on one play.  Sooner fans should have more faith.  Just like today’s recruiting successes, the Sooners will have a big day on Saturday.  

This defense will neutralize the Iowa State tight end passing game by putting pressure on the quarterback, a move that will impact the Iowa State run game as well.   Our offense which is so much better than it was back in October will make the pregame 5.5 point spread look silly.   December is off to a rip-roaring start.  A top five recruiting class and a revenge win over Iowa State.  Back in October who would have imagined that this would be happening. 

Those old timers in the crowd who have seen this movie before knew that OU would be okay.    It is as if the Sooners love putting us through this.  Then again, while the 1-2 start was painful, without that start another memorable December might have slipped right by us. 

Sooner Magic strikes again…

Boomer Sooner…

Week Sixteen…

To say that this football season is limping to the finish line is an understatement.  Almost half of the games scheduled for Saturday were cancelled.  And the ones that were not cancelled should have been.  That game in Waco was a poor excuse for a football game. 

I always miss football after its gone, but I also need the off-season to recover from the fake news spewed out by the local media about OSU.  Yesterday was a low water mark as the local press simply ignored the fact that OSU beat the snot out of a Baylor team that was forced to play without half its players.

Baylor was a shell of its former self and it showed.  For those who care, the final Covid stats for Baylor on Saturday accounted for 52 players and staff members missing in action.    Oh, well OSU got a big win over a depleted Baylor team that had only beaten the Kansas schools up to that point.  This is exactly why I hate OSU and the local press. 

Also Saturday night in case you missed it…a 3-win LSU team beat #6 ranked Florida.  This game was noteworthy only because it was such a struggle picking a team to root against.  While its easy to hate the SEC, it’s hard to decide which teams from that conference are more hate-worthy.   That game may mean something to OU fans down the road however as Florida may now become the Cotton Bowl opponent for the Sooners.

Not far behind the SEC on the hate list is USC.   After the Trojans had greased out a win against UCLA the Trojan players spent the post-game taunting the Bruins players.  It was pretty ugly…how an all-out brawl was avoided is hard to believe.  Those guys are total jerks…

Finally, its on to Arlington for what appears to be our destination point for our final two games of the 2020 season.  The national media has installed Iowa State as the Power Five darling for the 2020 season.  With Florida losing, look for the Cyclones to move into the top seven this week.  As for me, I still have a hard time seeing it.  

Do not get me wrong, Matt Campbell deserves a lot of credit for his Ames reclamation project, but still who have the Cyclones beaten.  They beat us before we had learned how to walk and a bunch of mediocre Big 12 teams.  This bunch also lost to the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns team and OSU.  Seriously…

Alex Grinch has had most of this season to figure out how to slow down their tight ends and their one-man running game.  This move will allow us to put pressure on their quarterback and slow down their offense.   Our offense is much better than it was two months ago, so I believe we will have plenty of success on that side of the ball this time around.

Boomer Sooner…

Something to think about…

  • Should Tom Herman be thankful that his Horns lost to Iowa State Thanksgiving weekend.  This may sound crazy, but I would say yes to that question.   Beating Iowa State and securing a spot opposite OU in the Big 12 Championship game would most assuredly gotten the guy fired.    
  • Today’s Sooner team is light years better than the one that Herman faced back in October.  A 2nd loss to the Sooners would be bad enough for Longhorn fans, but an embarrassing loss to the Sooners would have inflamed the Texas fan base.  Now Tom Herman can orchestrate a three-game end of season winning streak that will include a bowl win.  Firing a head coach with a 7-3 record in a COVID year will be hard to do even for Texas. 
  • Don’t get to worked up about the lackluster OU win against Baylor…Baylor is better than people think.  As usual this Baylor team has a ton of athletes and new Head Coach Dave Aranda has them playing well at the end of the season.  They also caught OU at the best possible time…It was next to impossible to get OU players and fans fired up for Baylor after the OSU game.  OU also had to deal with Covid issues that required many of the practices to be conducted via zoom.  Think about that one for a while…only in 2020. 
  • Speaking of OU-Baylor…when was the last time that time that we saw our defense bail out our offense.  This defense is really good…the last three opponents have scored 9, 13, and 14 points. That three-game event has not happened since the 2006 season.  And of course, in one of those games we shut down a Big 12 Champion and the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner. 
  • Speaking of OSU…the Ags have done it again…they get their fans all fired up with rosy expectations only to crush their dreams. They always get off to a hot start against soft competition only to hit the skids once they start playing teams with better athletes.  TCU didn’t have better athletes, but OSU simply insisted on losing that game. 
  • Expect Chuba Hubbard to unofficially opt out for the rest of the season.  That boot on his foot makes it looks like he’s really hurt, but in actuality he is opting out without going public. He’s likely already hired an agent.  Same goes for Tylan Wallace.  Both these guys are wondering, what the hell was I thinking…
  • I borrowed this one from Dr. Tamage…when was the last time a reigning National Championship team was a fifty-point dog the next season…that would be this past weekend as LSU was a fifty-point underdog to Alabama.  It could not happen to a better team.  You really have to hate LSU fans…
  • Finally, the early signing period is this Wednesday…This will mark the beginning of what could turn into a monstrously great recruiting year for the Sooners…
  • I have three favorite holidays…National Letter of intent signing day, Thanksgiving and Christmas in that order…I know, this sounds crazy, but this has always been the case for me.