Sooner Magic…

Let’s cut to the chase…we love winners and loathe losers. When we lost to Baylor, it was depression city. No one and I mean no one saw that coming. We knew they were good, but not that good and we never dreamed we would play that poorly. We had anticipated that the off week would allow us to get our players back and that we would unload a can of you know what on the Bears. 

We saw that game as the first of three games that would impress the CFP selection committee, but of course that did not happen.  Caleb Williams looked like the true freshman that he is and not a Heisman Trophy winner and when Spencer Rattler got his chance to shine, he did not.  All of this has created a bad case of angst regarding this year’s Bedlam game.

Now we can expect the OSU coaches to use the same template that the Baylor coaches used to dismantle our offense. If that happens, we could be in real trouble on Saturday. This OSU defense is undeniably good, and their offense is decent enough to give us fits. 

At 10-1, the Ags appear to be pretty good this year, but it is important to point out that a lot of luck has gone into creating their gaudy record.  They played no less than four trap games this season.  In most cases the Cowboy opponent had played their best game of the year the week prior to OSU and were ill prepared for their game against the Cowboys. OSU also played two teams that were going through coaching changes in mid-season.

In spite of this momentum and a roster full of experienced fifth- and sixth-year seniors, I still believe the Sooners have a legitimate chance of derailing the OSU train. Here is my formula for success on Saturday.

  • We need to score first which will hopefully take the liquored-up Aggie fans out of the game.
  • We must find a way to turn that lead into 10 point spread at some point during the course of the game. 
  • Unleash Alex Grinch’s “Speed Defense” on Spencer Sanders in the same manner that Baylor terrorized Caleb Williams in Waco. Spencer Sanders is a different quarterback with some one’s hand in his face.     
  • Create a semblance of a run game that will take the pressure off Caleb Williams…
  • Utilize Caleb Williams’ run/throw options that will open up the Aggie defense.  If Lincoln insists on playing a drop back/pocket quarterback style of offense, he should insert Spencer Rattler into the game who can find his receivers. 
  • Keep the game close going into the second half and fourth quarter.
  • Make sure we have the west wind at our backs in the fourth quarter. Weather forecasts indicate west wind on Saturday. 
  • Pray for Sooner Magic to happen…

Boomer Sooner…

Sooner Magic…

Let’s cut to the chase…we love winners and loathe losers. When we lost to Baylor, it was depression city. No one and I mean no one saw that coming. We knew they were good, but not that good and we never dreamed we would play that poorly. We had anticipated that the off week would allow us to get our players back and that we would unload a can of you know what on the Bears. 

We saw that game as the first of three games that would impress the CFP selection committee, but of course that did not happen.  Caleb Williams looked like the true freshman that he is and not a Heisman Trophy winner and when Spencer Rattler got his chance to shine, he did not.  All of this has created a bad case of angst regarding this year’s Bedlam game.

Now we can expect the OSU coaches to use the same template that the Baylor coaches used to dismantle our offense. If that happens, we could be in real trouble on Saturday. This OSU defense is undeniably good, and their offense is decent enough to give us fits. 

At 10-1, the Ags appear to be pretty good this year, but it is important to point out that a lot of luck has gone into creating their gaudy record.  They played no less than four trap games this season.  In most cases the Cowboy opponent had played their best game of the year the week prior to OSU and were ill prepared for their game against the Cowboys. OSU also played two teams that were going through coaching changes in mid-season.

In spite of this momentum and a roster full of experienced fifth- and sixth-year seniors, I still believe the Sooners have a legitimate chance of derailing the OSU train. Here is my formula for success on Saturday.

  • We need to score first which will hopefully take the liquored-up Aggie fans out of the game.
  • We must find a way to turn that lead into 10 point spread at some point during the course of the game. 
  • Unleash Alex Grinch’s “Speed Defense” on Spencer Sanders in the same manner that Baylor terrorized Caleb Williams in Waco. Spencer Sanders is a different quarterback with some one’s hand in his face.     
  • Create a semblance of a run game that will take the pressure off Caleb Williams…
  • Utilize Caleb Williams’ run/throw options that will open up the Aggie defense.  If Lincoln insists on playing a drop back/pocket style offense, he should insert Spencer Rattler into the game.
  • Keep the game close going into the second half and fourth quarter.
  • Make sure we have the west wind at our backs in the second half.
  • Pray for Sooner Magic to happen…

Boomer Sooner…

Moving on…

We knew it was coming, but like that wreck along the highway, we just had to look. Speaking of wrecks, that would be a perfect term for what happened on Saturday.  We kept believing that Sooner Magic was going to happen, but it never did.

I know Sooner fans are blaming the coaching staff, the officials and the whacko Waco environment, but in reality, we have only ourselves to blame.  We had played one complete game all year and that game was against a weak Texas Tech team; we had no reason to believe that the lights were going to come on overnight. We simply believed because we wanted to believe. 

Granted the defense gave up too many yards and too many big plays but given the fact that they were on the field most the day, they played pretty well. They were on the field way too much because we have no running game. Running games are boring, but running games are essential for a decent passing game.  Proficient offenses just don’t happen without a running game. We have one running back while the rest of the world has a stable full of those guys.    

Both quarterbacks were off, but in reality, Spencer Rattler did throw one pass that could have been a game changer if our receiver had not gotten mugged trying to make the catch. As for Caleb Williams, asking a true freshman to be successful in that kind of hostile environment was ludicrous. Of course, asking anyone to play quarterback when nine out of ten passes were being dropped by the receivers would have been a stretch for even John Elway.   In any case, it’s time to move on. 

This team is still pretty good, just not as good as we had hoped. The bad news is that our worst nightmare is about to be realized. At this point I don’t want to think about the rest of the season with this team, but we have no choice. That choice includes what apparently will be two Bedlams this year.  We’re in a bind and T. Boone is eating this stuff up…   

Oh, well now that a National Championship is out of the 2021 picture, we can settle back and dream about what may happen in the future with SEC-type recruits. I understand fully the demands of playing in the SEC, but at least we will have players that can go into battle for us. If we can keep Joe Castiglione from negotiating future Bedlams games for the Sooners everything will be just fine.  

Boomer Sooner….

Confidence factor…

This may the craziest football season ever. We started out the season believing that 2021 would be the year that we broke through the National Championship barrier. Even after the Tulane and Nebraska games we still believed…

We also saw an OSU team that was simply not very good…Sam Mayes, a former OSU player and sports talk show guy said as much after the Tulsa game. We also assumed that at the end of the day, it would be us and Texas in the Big 12 Championship game. Then it happened, OSU beats Texas, which I said then was a bad thing, and OSU has not looked back sense.

Now, we have a mess on our hands. OU is 9-0 and getting no respect due in part to the Kansas debacle. OSU is 8-1 and likely to be 10-1 going into Bedlam. We entered the season hoping we would hear the last of this Bedlam crap sooner rather than later and now it appears that we will have two Bedlams in one year.

I have even heard some people go as far as to say that at least OSU will have to beat us twice this year. I don’t know about you, but that does not make me feel any better. From a national perspective, we will have nothing to play for in Arlington if they beat us in Stillwater.  

Okay, here’s the deal…I agree that we simply must get wins against Baylor and Iowa State the next two weeks, but I think we need more. I believe we need to make a statement against those two teams in order to build our confidence level going into the first Bedlam game.

A dose of Sooner Magic here at the end might come in handy. 

Boomer Sooner… 

Ramblings…

  • Oklahoma has now won 17 games in a row which is the longest winning streak in the country.  It is also longer than more than 95% of America’s football teams will ever have during their football histories…Pretty impressive, but not nearly as impressive as this next tidbit of information… 

The OU seventeen-game win streak is only the seventh longest winning streak in OU football history.  This would be a good piece of information to drop on your Aggie water cooler crowd.  

  • Forget the Kansas game, no one in Norman gave a rip and we righted the ship against Texas Tech.  The bad news is that the selection committee will likely hold the Kansas game against us on Tuesday night.  That’s okay, hammer our last three opponents and we can make up for lost time. 
  • Baylor in Waco will be a tough game, particularly at night, but then again, we own Baylor, so I feel pretty good about that game.  Getting our walking wounded players back on defense should help. 

Here comes the hard part…we will have to root for OSU this next week against West Virginia.  I can’t make myself do that, but I assume that the Gags will grease out another win that will help our cause anyway.   Look for Game Day or the Fox Sports team to be in Stillwater on November 27.  

  • This brings me to the main course…the Big 12 in its infinite wisdom, or lack thereof has set up a two-game set of games between OU and OSU at the end of this year.   The first will be played in Stillwater and the second, the following week will be played in Arlington.   That’s right…two Bedlam weeks in a row…What a bunch of idiots…no wonder we’re leaving for the SEC. 

I do have a suggestion; I think we should take a page from baseball and turn those games into a day-night doubleheader. We’ll play both games at Jerry World with one game at 11:00 and a night cap at 7:30. That would give us a couple Bedlam beat downs in one day.  I can live with that. 

  • One last thing…the OU softball team was the highlight of Saturday’s game as the team was honored during one of the fifteen-minute t.v. timeouts.   It looks like Patty Gasso’s Stadium will finally happen…I know, we will have to name the stadium after the Love family, but we can still name it Patty Gasso Field when the time is right. 

Boomer Sooner…