Welcome to my weekly OU / OSU Football Power Poll, or as most of you call it, the one post that includes pics of college girls. This week OU beat West Virginia in a strange win that felt like a loss, and OSU won its first road game against UTSA. That’s the University of Texas at San Antonio. Embarrassing.
10) Trevor Knight …
Well, at least Trevor Knight the OU quarterback is now the first thing that comes up when you perform a Google image search of his name.
How is this guy the best passer on the team? And he isn’t even scanning the entire field. He has to make a single read. The coaches have dumbed down the pass plays so much, he looks to one side of the field, then either throws a bad pass, or scrambles. I know he is young and needs time to develop, but against two average at best defenses, his completion percentage is under 50% with just over 200 total passing yards in both games … combined.
Of course, we all know how the “Knight” ended, with a good old fashioned …
9) Quarterback Controversy in Norman
*NOTE* At the time of writing, word is emanating that Trevor Knight has a possible knee injury that occurred in the 2nd quarter. Which explains some of the next two points, but doesn’t explain why in the hell he played after said injury if it did in fact impact his effectiveness.
*NOTE, Pt II* It is now being reported by that Knight sustained strained knee ligaments. Some reports say he is out for Tulsa, other unsubstantiated reports say at least two weeks, perhaps as long as six weeks. Yay. Meaning more alcohol intake to deal with this season.
And I mean capitalized OMFG.
So Knight is sucking hind teat. I get wanting to infuse some life into the offense. Put in Bell, I understand. But if the intent was that Bell should get a chance to prove his worth, why on God’s green earth did his night consist of one screen pass and a draw littered among a few dozen “turn around and give the ball to a running back”?
Don’t take this the wrong way Sooner fan and Knight family, but Knight better be hurt. Otherwise someone needs to be fired for panicking in a game where the good guys are winning and the opposing team, save for one huge play, can’t move the ball. Bell did nothing Knight could not have done. Hell, he did nothing Quincy Russell could not have done. So OU now has a legitimate quarterback controversy on its hands that could have been easily prevented by the coaches. Strong work.
8) Heupel, I love you and all as a quarterback …
But dude, you suck as an offensive coordinator.
Exhibit A – The Sooners capped a 4 play, 83 yard drive in the third quarter, a drive in which OU ran the ball on each play effectively, with a goal line interception of a Knight pass that should have never been thrown. Or on a play that should have never been called.
What in the holy hell are you doing, Josh? Your offensive line is flat-out owning the opposition. You have done exactly what you set out to do at the beginning of the year – establish a power running attack. All this and you allow your freshman quarterback to throw a one route play action instead of, oh, I don’t know, running the fucking ball again! If you want a play action pass, how about a bootleg? Or a sprint out option for Knight to tuck and run if a defender is within 10 yards of the receiver.
And speaking of play calls, what in the hell was that second half of bullshit? That was the OU offense of the Landry Jones era. Two and three backs, pistol formation, snap ball, turn around, hand it off. No option. No quarterback runs. No anything to utilize the players we have taking the snaps. He went back to what he knows, which is off tackle right, off tackle left-… PLEASE LET ME THROW A WIDE RECEIVER SCREEN, BOB!!!!
7) Oklahoma State is who we thought they were
Great offense, suspect defense.
Oklahoma State eclipsed 600 yards of offense Saturday morning in route to a 42-7 lead going into the 4th quarter, only to go all Bill Young and allow 4 touchdowns in a 13 minute span, resulting in a final score of 56-35. There is plenty of good OSU can take from the game, namely the quarterback play of Walsh and Chelf, and the emergence of several playmakers, including Jhajuan Seales, Blake Jackson, and Brandon Sheppard. Walsh specifically was superb, going 24 of 27 with 4 touchdowns and no picks. Chelf was 11 of 16 with 2 touchdowns.
But the defense … my God the defense.
Spare me the “they were playing the backups” bullshit Poke fan. The Cowboys had starters playing on the D in the 4th, including the final touchdown drive from UTSA where a BACKUP QUARTERBACK led the Roadrunners 81 yards on eleven plays for the score. Yes, UTSA had 180 total yards in the 4th, which of course means this “new and improved” Cowboy defense surrendered 320 yards in the first three-quarters … to a team that didn’t exist in 2008.
This bend don’t break crap has returned in full force and Cowboy fan should be pissed. The Pokes rely on turnovers to stop offenses, not their talented front 7. The defense is on the field too long against bad teams for OSU to win games any way other than scoring a whole bunch of points. They are who we thought they were.
6) So, about that article in “Sports Illustrated”
I know OSU fans are going to get defensive, claim OSU’s not the only school with these problems, and say that SI’s Thayer Evans (who turned Red Dirt Kings into an international phenomenon) is a biased tool. That’s all fine, but Sports Illustrated isn’t going to print something like THIS without fully vetting the article and the writer.
All we know are the violations involve paying players and channeling Rhett Bomar, among other lesser issues. And apparently the violations do not involve any players or coaches currently involved with the program.
So where does this go? Probably nowhere. Some (*cough OU fan cough*) are calling for the NCAA to come down hard on the Pokes. But most know absolutely nothing is going to come of this based on recent NCAA investigations, e.g. Miami and JFF.
5) The Alamo
So … I guess I kind of get Mike Gundy’s annoyance with playing these games in these venues. The limited camera angles showing the crowd at the OSU game revealed a half full dome, with the upper decks sitting virtually empty.
I suppose the point in playing such a game is exposure for your program in a recruiting hotbed, but who in the hell doesn’t know that OSU plays football at a relatively high level these days? Unless you don’t care about college football (and if you don’t, you wouldn’t care about OSU playing in your backyard), you know they have been very good recently and play an exciting brand of offense. You know, information that the internet and cable television provides. This isn’t 1958. OSU should not be playing at UTSA in a half empty basketball arena.
4) Everything is bigger in Texas
Including the idiotic expectations and the subsequent flops on national television.
Texas predictably fell flat on its face after being hyped as a national championship contender in 2013 to the tune of a 40-21 pasting at the hands of BYU, a team that lost to shit ass Virginia last week. Texas gleefully surrendered 679 total yards to the Cougars, including an astounding 550 on the ground. Again, this is the same BYU team that managed less than 370 total yards last week … at VIRGINIA.
550 rushing yards on 72 carries. Those numbers are just stunning. 33 first downs. Manny Diaz should have just drag his happy ass west of town and jumped into the Pacific Ocean. How he wasn’t fired in the post game presser is stunning. But not as stunning as Mack growing a pair and firing his ass less than 24 hours after that debacle. The Texas defense now rests in the capable hands of Greg Robinson, who last led a defense that finished 110th in the nation.
3) Mack Brown is dun
Even with the recent personnel moves, Mack has to be gone now. Which should scare all other Big XII schools.
That game last night was more embarrassing than any of the ass whippings OU has given Texas since 2000. More embarrassing than Kansas State and Jordy Nelson lighting up the Austin scoreboard. More embarrassing than 2010. A team from the Mountain West ran roughshod over a talented Longhorn defense, and depantsed Mack and his chosen hire for defensive coordinator.
Mack isn’t a coach anymore. He is a figurehead, a father figure for the players. He, like Joe Pa before him, needs to retire while there is still lead in the pencil. Because I think if he doesn’t retire, his ass is going to be removed as head coach without his blessing.
2) Speaking of coaches in trouble, USC got trucked
No, not by Hawaii, but the above gif is a metaphor for what happened to USC last night against the Fighting Ex-Attorneys of Washington State. USC lost 10-7 and managed a paltry 193 yards of offense. This be the same Washington State team that has now 13 total wins in just over five seasons.
OU’s defense is for real. Tulsa’s offense is really bad. Neither Blake Bell or Trevor Knight does anything spectacular and Charles Thompson’s kid becomes the most popular person in the state.
OSU continues it’s tradition of playing no one worth a shit out of conference at home.
Thanks! Your message has been sent!