Gundy and Bedlam…

At the summer Big 12 meetings, Mike Gundy, the know all see all guru of college football insisted that Bedlam was history.   His reasoning was that OU’s move to the SEC would kill the rivalry.  While in this case I hope that the mullet man is right, Brent Venables gave a different opinion. He insisted that OU wants the game to be played going forward. Of course, he added an addendum to his comments.  He expects to dominate Bedlam and in doing so dominate Oklahoma.      

One must wonder why Gundy would be hell bent on seeing Bedlam go away since he now owns a winning streak in the series. Then again, Gundy may want Bedlam to end sooner rather than later in order to go out on top. 

As we know, Lincoln Riley and his side kick Caleb Williams did their best to ensure that the Sooners came up short last November.  As a result, Gundy is on a hot streak.  However, the truth of the matter is that last year’s win by Gundy was only his third in the last seventeen (17) years against the Sooners. Brent Venables on the other hand lost only one game against the Ags during his career as defensive coordinator at OU.

We love Brent Venables because of his spirit and his fight.  We also love BV because we know he will open up a can of whoop ass on the Cowboys next November.  Yes, Mike Gundy is a rear end, but in spite of being an Aggie he has done a decent job at OSU in football. In spite of this fact, OU has been his albatross.  While he will go down as the winningest coach in OSU history, he will also go down as the guy who set the record for futility against his in-state rival.

Boomer Sooner…

College football expansion…

Currently, the NCAA so badly wants someone to pull the plug and let them rest in peace. The NIL and open transfer mess are two perfect examples of piss poor management.  In their place, the super conferences will eventually take control of the reins with the SEC and Big Ten leading the way.  In a couple years, these two super conferences along with the ACC will create their own playoff system. 

When this happens, the college football playoffs will mirror that of March Madness where seeding based on conference and strength of schedule determines how far a team can go.  I know many will miss the “group of five” teams that created a David versus Goliath bowl game, but in any business including college sports, change is inevitable. 

For the record the Big 12, Pac 12 and “group of five” teams will continue to get into the playoff system, but they will be seeded much further down the ladder.  The SEC, Big Ten, and ACC champions will get the top three seeds in the new playoff system with runners-up from these conferences being next in line for top billing. In the end, this will be good news for the Sooners and bad news for the Pokes.

The Big 12, Pac 12 and “group of five” representative will pull up the rear and will never see the light of day when it comes to winning a national championship. With the new system, OSU will have to go out and buy themselves another national championship. Oh, wait a minute…they lost the goose that lay those golden eggs…never mind, that dog won’t hunt.  

Below is a possible 2025 national championship bracket…

  1. Alabama – SEC champion…
  2. Ohio State – Big Ten champion…
  3. Clemson – ACC champion…
  4. Oklahoma – at large SEC team…
  5. Michigan – at large Big Ten team…
  6. Georgia – at large SEC team…
  7. Texas A&M – at large SEC team…
  8. Notre Dame – at large ACC team…
  9. Miami – at large ACC team…
  10. Oregon – Pac 12 champion…
  11. Baylor – Big 12 champion…
  12. Coastal Carolina – “Group of five” representative…

Of course, once, we replace Alabama as SEC champion, we can move the Sooners up in the pecking order.

Boomer Sooner…

Sooner softball…

Some folks are comparing Patty Gasso to Nick Saban these days.  While this may be a bit over the top, it’s not by much.  Patty is on her way to being his equal and then some.  This year’s Sooner softballers are reloading in the same manner that Saban prepares his teams for championship runs in football every year.  

Patty was already blessed with the best up-the-middle infield/outfield combination in the game so what does she do…she goes out and recruits a couple all-conference selections to nail down 1st and 3rd base.  Next, while she has the top pitcher in America returning in Jordy Bahl and high school phenom in Kierston Deal, she recruits the ace off the Michigan team. Add in solid backup pitcher in Nicole May and you have a stacked deck in the circle.

I don’t see any teams on the horizon that can compete with next year’s Sooners.  If so, 2023 will be #7 and a three peat which will lead to a four peat and five peat and so on and so forth…Patty is eleven years younger than Saban, so it’s possible that by the time she is in her 70’s she may surpass Saban in national championship trophies.  Only time will tell how this turns out, but regardless, it’s a great time to be a Sooner softball fan…

Boomer Sooner…

Prospective 2023 starting lineup…

Catcher            Kinzie Hanzen .282, but solid behind the plate…

First                 Cyndey Sanders .425 @ ASU

Second            Tiarra Jennings .400

Third               Alynah Torres .371 @ ASU

Short               Grace Lyons .400

Right                Rylie Boone .406

Center             Jayda Coleman .419

Left                  Alyssa Brito .371

Pitchers          

Jordy Bahl                   1.16 ERA

Nicole May                  1.27 ERA

Alex Storako                1.71 ERA @ Michigan

Kierston Deal (LHP)     #1 ranked high school player/pitcher in America…

SJ Gerurin (LHP)          #20 ranked high school player in America…

Recruits         

Kierston Deal (LHP) #1 ranked player in the country…

Avery Hodge (IF) # 6 ranked player in the country. 

Jocelyn Erickson (UTL) #10 ranked player in the country.

SJ Gerurin (LHP) #20 ranked player in the country

Conference realignment…what’s next…

Last year, it was OU and Texas to the SEC.  This year, it’s USC and UCLA to the Big Ten.  Now, we have two super-conferences in the Big Ten and SEC to go along with a super conference to be named later in the ACC and two also-rans in the Pac 12 and Big 12.   

Many have suggested that Pac 12 teams Oregon and Washington will follow suit with a move to the Big Ten, but I suspect that the Big Ten may hang tight for the time being.  The USC and UCLA move was secretly in the works for some time.  If the other two Pac 12 teams had been viable candidates, the Big Ten would have included them in their expansion process this time around.    

I suspect that this fact will give the Pac 12 time to get their act together and make their own moves. In short, the Pac 12 must come up with an expansion plan of their own. This plan will include several minor league west coast schools like San Diego State and Fresno State, but in the end the Pac 12 will need more to keep their conference afloat. 

Here’s my take on the Pac 12 future…the Pac 12 is desperate and pilfering various teams from the Big 12 makes perfect sense to me.  I think the Big 12 had better watch its backside. Consider these teams for Pac 12 membership. 

Baylor…Baylor has everything the Pac 12 wants…academics, football, and men’s and women’s basketball.  Waco is also just a stone’s throw from the San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas t.v. markets.  My first call would be to Waco. 

BYU… my second call would be to Provo.  Yes,I know that BYU is spoken for, but anything is possible these days.  To my knowledge no contracts have been signed that would have to be litigated so why not give it a shot.  BYU has a strong academic reputation, an enrollment of 50,000 students and a fan base of millions.  BYU is a much better fit in the Pac 12 than the Big 12. 

Kansas…I know that this sounds ludicrous, but here me out about anyway.  Kansas has a Pac 12-type academic reputation.  KU also has one of the top basketball programs in the country.  Finally, Kansas has the Kansas City t.v. market which would really help the Pac 12 ratings. Yes, I know that KU football sucks, but a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered. 

The college football conference landscape will continue to be in turmoil, but as OU fans we can sit back and watch.  We made our move last year and that move looks better with every passing day.

Boomer Sooner…