Thankfully, we got that out of the way…We knew we would lose at least one game this year and we knew that Brent Venables would lose at least one game during his career as the head coach at OU. Even Bud, Barry and Bob lost a game as head coach. Now that we have that out of the way, we can focus on the rest of the season.
Realistically, only a couple teams have a shot at going undefeated this year and those two teams have to play each other so losing a game is not as big a deal as it used to be. Losing to a well-coached K-State team is not a crime in today’s college football world. Speaking of K-State…that team on Saturday night was the best prepared and best coached team we have seen in Norman in a long time.
Here’s the bottom line…the K-State game was a trap game as Kansas State lulled us into a false sense of security by losing to Tulane last week. Combine this fact with our Nebraska game and you have the ultimate trap game. We spent our preseason focused on Nebraska and K-State spent their preseason focused on us. We’re probably lucky that the game was as close as it was.
There are of course some silver linings in all of this…first, the loss happened early in the season which will allow BV to right the ship prior to the Texas game. Next, we had the light show, which was worth the price of admission, third, we hauled in over $8 million dollars in revenue which will pay for Patty Gasso’s new house as she now makes $1.6 million dollars per year and finally, the Sooners showed a lot of class by hanging around after the loss to sing the alma mater.
Hopefully, this blog will get to all of you before someone leaps off a ten-story building because help is on the way. Brent Venable is in the process of recruiting a top five class that will add much needed depth to our defense and receiver corps. Next, we play Texas in two weeks and a win in the Cotton Bowl will put last night’s game in the rear-view mirror. Finally, and most importantly, the Pink Pandas won another game this week and are now 3-1 on the season after getting off to a horrid start.
Humm…this sounds familiar…life has a way of putting these things into proper perspective. We’ll be okay…
That’s right, we need to win this weekend’s game in the worst way. Some Sooner fans believe this game will be a walk in the park and I hope they are right, but I’m not so sure.
The Scott Frost firing could not have come at a worse time for the Sooners. With Scott Frost at the helm, the Sooners were going to waltz into Lincoln and handily take down the Huskers. Now, we have a fan base in Lincoln ready to see their season turned around in one game with their new favorite son at the helm.
We will also face a bunch of players who will be playing for “their” guy. How many times have you seen this scenario where the interim coach becomes a player’s favorite. Current players always want the interim name to be taken off the new guy’s name plate. It makes for a better situation for them down the road.
And of course, we have Casey Thompson who resents OU and will be trying his best to create a Texas-size do-over. He had us in his sights against Texas last year and he sees this game as his opportunity to redeem himself.
The Big Red of the North crowd will be a fifteen on a scale of one to ten. We must figure out a way to take the crowd out of the game early, hold on until half and then put the hammer down after intermission. With Kansas State, TCU, and Texas on the horizon, this is a must game.
The Pink Pandas kicked butt and took names last night in tee ball. Given the fact that we were blown out last week 16-0, this reversal of fortunes was a major accomplishment. Apparently, it’s true what they say about a team showing the most improvement between games one and two of a season. It is also true how much more a coach is revered between week one and week two. The parents were ready to string me up last week…this week, I walk on water. Trust me, this is not my first rodeo, I won’t let it go to my head.
I suspect the game one to game two scenario will also be true this week as the Sooners face Kent State. I suspect that the Golden Flashes are a better team than UTEP, but I also suspect the Sooners will avoid lifting up on the accelerator like they did last week. One would think that catching the Sooners the week before the Nebraska would be problematic for us, but then again, we are talking about a different mindset in Norman these days.
Our guys will be well-prepared and loaded for bear. Being a night game will help as well. The east side will be hot early on, but this week east side fans will want to stick around to see the sun set on the Golden Flashes.
Finally, there is not a whole lot I can add to the musings of talk radio this week. It’s going to be hard to score points on this defense and our offense will only get better with each succeeding game. CBS already has us ranked #4 in their playoff poll which to be honest given our schedule could happen.
Boomer Sooner and go Pandas…