Poke choke…

About the time we think that this year will be different, OSU remembers just in the nick of time, who they are and they hit the “poke choke” accelerator.  Happened again Saturday as OSU had us right where they wanted us, then they remembered who they were.

First, they botch the point after try to keep the game tied, next they produce the only fumble of the game that allowed the OU defense to get off the field and allow the Sooners to score the winning touchdown.  Finally, Mike Gundy who had done a masterful job of keeping the Sooners on their heels all day went into his full blown “poke choke” mode.

Even if OSU had converted the two point try, OU would have had plenty of time to go the length of the field to kick the winning field goal due to Gundy’s end of the game pass happy play calling.  Finally, Gundy should be sued by his players for malpractice for his two point conversion call.  That was the call that the OU defense was praying for…granted, it was a lousy throw by Corndog, but still…

In any case, all of this is good news as the Sooner season will live to tell its 2018 tale for one more week.  Hopefully, this defense can slow down Kansas next Saturday.  This is the ugly proof of the matter…hoping to slow down Kansas.

All the more reason for OU to open up its bank account and hire the best defensive coordinator money can buy.  OU’s chances of making the playoffs this year are thankfully on life support.  I don’t want to appear unsupportive of the OU cause, but with this defense, we don’t want any part of Alabama in the first round.   We need to focus our attention on 2019 with our hopes being placed on returning starters on defense and a new coach for that side of the ball.

I know OU fans are excited about five star quarterback recruit Spencer Rattler coming to Norman for next year, but he will still be a true freshman. Even if Rattler he is the reincarnation of Baker Mayfield, to continue to ask our offense to score every time we have the ball is unreasonable.

We need a new game plan…after all the OSU and Mike Gundy “poke choke” routine may play itself out one of these days.   We need a backup plan.  We need a defense.

Boomer Sooner…

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Bedlam…

I remember back in the day, I would call my football bro. at the halftime of an OU/OSU game to ask him what he thought about our chances.  You see this guy tends to have a knack for analyzing this game while I tend to look at things from an emotional perspective.  His advice to me was simple…they have thrown all they could at us in the first half and we’re still on top.  He was right as the Sooners came out victorious for the umpteenth time.

As I look at this year’s Bedlam game I have similar thoughts…T. Boone and Mike Gundy have thrown all they have at us and OU is still on top.  T. Boone was installed as OSU’s Pope some twenty years ago and Gundy eventually became his Maestro.  Timing was perfect as tough games against Nebraska and Texas A&M went away along with the occasional tussles with Colorado and Missouri.  Those games were replaced by Missouri State, South Alabama, Troy and a watered down Big 12.

Next, T. Boone built Mike a new stadium, along with and a State of the Art training facility.   Texas recruits headed north for Stillwater.  Ten win seasons became common place in Stillwater as well as numerous years when OSU was favored over the Sooners.

If I asked my football bro. about Saturday’s game, I suspect that his response would be the same as it was years ago.  Over the last decade, OSU has hit us with their best shot and we are still on top.  At the same time, like I said, I am the emotional wreck in these situations so for my sake I hope Lincoln will keep the pedal to metal and not look back…

Boomer Sooner…

Good time day…

As a kid, my daughter would use this expression whenever she had a really good day…OU fans had a  good time day on Saturday as the Sooners won and the Gags and Horns lost.  Adding to the pleasure was the manner in which it happened…

Okay, first things first…there are only two teams in America that can overcome the first five  minutes of last Saturday’s game in front of that hostile crowd and live to tell about it…you guessed it OU and Alabama.  I know everyone is back to questioning our defense, but still winning that game was impressive.

As for the other part to this story, my friend Gary is right…OSU is the master at finding ways to lose a game.  Make a first down and run the clock out…instead they botch that deal and allow Baylor to go 60 yards for a score and win the game with 7 seconds left on the clock.  Texas was not much better as they scored too quickly and allowed the Mountaineers to go the length of the field to score and then successfully go for two twice to win the game.

I took a couple of things from these games other than the final outcomes.   First, if the Bowman kid can play against Texas, I am picking Tech to win.  Tech is better on defense and damn good on offense.  The Horns are a beat up bunch both mentally and physically.  And right on cue the game in Lubbock is a night game…I wish we could play Texas again, but I don’t see that happening.

By the way, the officiating in this league really sucks….first the Mountaineer player gets flagged for the upside down hook “em horns sign and then their best offensive lineman gets ejected for a shove.  As a result West Virginia kicked off into a stiff wind from their own 10 yard line and Texas scores with a short field.  In the OU game, the Sooners go from a 1st and goal on the Tech five to a 1st and ten on the forty.  If OU had scored on that drive the game would have been over at 42-31.

At the same time, Lincoln needs to assign someone to both sides of the ball to pull our guys away from the scrum in these situations.  Right or wrong, good call or bad call, this cannot happen again.

Now, as we head into Bedlam, it will be imperative to remember we were a four touchdown favorite over the Gags in Norman three years ago and lost in overtime.  No slips ups this time, keep the hammer down and blow them out.

After next Saturday, it will be interesting to speculate OU’s fate at the end of the season.  A Texas loss on Saturday will mean that the Horns will be out and things could get really interesting.  Everyone’s assuming that we are looking at an OU/West Virginia double header at the end of the year, but don’t be shocked if Iowa State sneaks in through the back door with their win over the Mountaineers earlier in the year.

 

 

 

 

Is Texas back?

If given a litmus test, I would have to say no…They looked really bad in that meltdown last Saturday in Stillwater. I know OSU seems to have their number, but then again, OSU had just lost to a really bad K-State team by three touchdowns the previous game.

Now, Texas is really up against the proverbial wall as their entire season hinges around a win against West Virginia.  Then, the Horns must follow that win up with one in Lubbock the next week. Bad timing after the Shorthorns laid an egg in Stillwater last week.

The question to be asked is which West Virginia team will show up in Austin Saturday afternoon…the one that was dismantled by Iowa State or the one that dismantled Baylor last week.  If West Virginia brings it’s “A” game to Austin, the Horns will be in trouble.

I do think that Texas is better than last year so possibly they will show up to play this week.  I do know one thing for sure, if the Horns come out complacent again, it will get ugly early.  I also know that Texas fans traditionally show for one game a year, the one in the Cotton Bowl.  The first hint of a loss to West Virginia and these fans will be headed for Sixth Street.  Texas has gone from playing for a CFP bid to a Cactus Bowl berth in just one week and their fans know it.

Finally, this game is making me crazy…On the one hand, I want Texas to knock the wind out of the West Virginia sails before we play them on Thanksgiving weekend, but then again, our only shot for the playoffs is with a West Virginia win.

I believe that West Virginia is better than Texas and Dana Holgorsen will not allow his team to be unprepared for a night game in Stillwater in two weeks. I will be rooting for the best of all worlds here…another Texas loss, an OSU loss to West. Va., and an OU win over a highly ranked Mountaineer team at the end of the year and yes, a playoff berth.

Is Texas back?  We will know the answer to that question at 6:00 on Saturday. My money will be on my previous opinion that I had at the beginning of this year…the Horns are still a year away…

The Big 12…

First, let’s address the Texas meltdown in Stillwater…the moment the game was scheduled for a night contest, it was over…I watch a lot of college football and underdogs have a huge advantage in night games.  Last week it was Purdue, Washington State and Iowa State.  This week it was Mississippi State and OSU.  Liquor up the night crowd and its game on regardless of the opponent.  These are made for t.v. dramas that ABC/ESPN lives for and I would suggest plan for.  Their latest attempt at creating an upset and a crowd rushing the field scene will be this next Saturday night in Lubbock.

Of course Texas did their part by being ill-prepared for the game.  Then again, like I’ve said before Texas only gets up for one game a year.   Watching the Texas debacle may actually help OU’s players avoid the same plight.  I expect that Lincoln will have his Sooners ready to play from the get go in Lubbock.

I have to admit that I was actually rooting for Texas in this game, not just because it was OSU, but because a Texas win would have helped OU’s playoff hopes.  Texas can still get to the Big 12 Championship game, but only as a two-loss team which will not help the Sooner cause.

The other scenario is a lot tougher…if West Virginia beats Texas next Saturday and runs the table the Sooners must beat the Mountaineers in Morgantown the night after Thanksgiving which will be a tall order.  Even with that win, the Sooners will end up playing a two loss Mountaineer team in the championship game the next week.  Again, this will not impress the selection committee.

That’s right…not only did Texas losing cost us a great chance at revenge, it may have also cost us a playoff berth. Making matters worse will be the consolation prize of playing the SEC runner-up in the Sugar Bowl.  I’ve had better thoughts…

Of course the Sooners will have to win out for any of this to matter so that mission must start in Lubbock this next Saturday night…

Finally, a shout out to the Kansas Jayhawks…KU won their first October game since 2009.  That’s right Saturday’s win over TCU was the first KU October win in 38 games.  That streak had spanned the KU coaching careers of Turner Gill, Charlie Weis and the first two years of the David Beaty regime.  Can you imagine having to live through that…

Now it’s on to Lubbock…the good news is that the defense is improving…the bad news is that it’s a night game in Lubbock.  I like our chances, but it will be a struggle.

Boomer Sooner…

 

Week 8 thoughts…

I am not positive about this, but I could have sworn I saw the OU defense make three stops in row during the 3rd quarter on Saturday. I say that I am not positive; because it has been so long since I had seen a defensive stop by OU, I had forgotten what they looked like.

I know that TCU was playing with a banged up starting quarterback, a backup quarterback that was playing in the Ivy League last year and no running game, but at least it’s a start.

Why the heck does Lincoln Riley insist on playing his starters deep into the 4th When up by four touchdowns inside the 5 minute mark, pull your starters and avoid costly injuries. I worried all night about the severity of the Trey Sermon injury.  For those using style points for an argument for running up the score…you can forget about that one. The playoff selection committee doesn’t reward teams for margin of victory.

Next week’s Orange Bowl in Stillwater is a win-win situation for OU fans…in one day one of our hated rivals is sure to lose…This is a tough one, but I will have to root silently for the Horns…a Texas win helps OU’s playoff cause.

Did you catch Saturday’s ESPN Game Day…it was from Pullman Washington where they had 55,000 fans show up at 7:00 in the morning. That number was 20,000 more than were in attendance for the Big 12 games in Lubbock and Fort Worth on Saturday.   It was also 25,000 more than the paid attendance at the WSU/Oregon game itself…it may be time for WSU officials to think about a stadium expansion.

Keeping with the Washington State topic, I love the fact that Mike Leach never played a down of college football…you might say that Leach spent his college days at BYU as a student of the game.

What a difference a coach can make…Ten years ago, Washington State and Purdue were as bad as today’s Kansas…Possibly once Bill Self gets indicted for taking Adidas money, the KU officials will take his $5 million dollar paycheck and hire a football coach.

You gotta love college football…only in this game can a #2 ranked Ohio State team get schooled by a by a bunch of Boilermakers…seriously, how can you not root for a team with that mascot.

By the way, I am sorry, but I miss the old days when a big OU win meant rushing the field…the rest of college football does it…I saw it twice on Saturday. Pull off the brown shirts from the sidelines, pay the fine and let the kids rush the field. This game is special because of it’s emotional side.   OU officials need to get over themselves and let it happen.

I may owe LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron an apology…He’s got his Bayou Bengals playing really well. Then again, you gotta hate LSU…what a bunch of ……….. you may fill in the blank here.  Speaking of obnoxious…LSU is the only team in America that gets to wear its road whites both home and away.  I like those uniforms, but who died and made LSU God.

 

 

Here we go again…

As every OU fan knows it seems to be imperative that the Sooners lose one game during the first half of every season.  The painful part this year is that it had to be Texas.  That’s okay, play our cards right and we can make this deal work out for us in the end.

It seems as if any time we lose to OSU or Texas something good comes of it…a few years back it was the eventual demise of Josh Heupel and this year it is losing Mike Stoops.   I don’t expect Ruffin McNeil to work wonders with this OU defense, but things can only get better.

The OU defense under Stoops reminded me of the entire team under John Blake…total disarray.   At least this time the offense already knows where to line up.  TCU will provide an excellent test to see if the OU defenders can get lined up as well.  It will be a perfect test for our re-tooled defense.  Shawn Robinson may play, but this guy is far from 100% and their running game is anemic.

Helping grease the wheels with be the 11:00 start at Amos Carter Stadium.  The TCU crowd won’t show up until the middle of the 1st quarter and will head for the house in the 3rd quarter.  I love their new stadium, but their fans are weak.

Gary Patterson bit off way too much to chew this year.   Playing physical Ohio State and Texas teams back-to-back was a back breaker.   TCU followed those games up with a couple of improving Iowa State and Texas Tech teams.  That was a brutal schedule. Patterson will have his guys ready to play, but without a full strength Shawn Robinson, OU should prevail.

Then, the Sooners will start their standard march to the top again.  I hate losing, but it is always pretty cool to watch how a loss can motivate a bunch of Sooners.  Texas is plenty good and has a nice schedule down the road, but I would love to see these guys play a re-tooled and worked up OU team in December.

I know I should be careful what I ask for, but I can’t help myself…

Boomer Sooner…