So I’ve been busy this past week and haven’t watched TV, surfed the World Wide Web, or turned on the radio. Or talked to any person in the state of Oklahoma. What’s the new word? Anything exciting going on in the area? So did that article about the OSU football atrocities have any legs? Oh … oh really …
10) OSU dismantled Lamar
I mean, what do you say about the Cowboys destroying a horribly over-matched FCS team in the home opener 59-3? That this was just another step on the road to a national championship? That this huge home opener will propel OSU to a second conference championship in three years? I guess Poke fan wants me to say who great the offense looked and how the defense held the mighty Cardinals to 3 points.
Look at the stat sheet, though, for reasons why the coaching staff will view this is an ugly win, especially on offense.
Walsh wasn’t sharp – he was downright average. Walsh went 17-30 for 180 yards, a touchdown and a pick. And the lack of a passing attack wasn’t the result of a dominate running game. Sure, the Pokes rushed for 155 yards, but they averaged 4.1 yards a carry against an FCS team. Moreover, the Pokes’ best running backs weren’t running backs. The defense played well, but next weeks practices during the bye week present greater challenges than Lamar.
It was what it was – a big win over a little opponent. Now, on to conference play as one of the two best teams in the Big XII.
9) Oklahoma hammers Tulsa
The Sooners channeled their inner 2008 and ran roughshod over a vastly overrated Golden Hurricane squad 51-20 in a game that never seemed that close, and the statistics agree. Oklahoma was efficient to level not seen since Sam Bradford roamed the backfield, racking up 607 total yards, including 194 on the ground, committing 16 yards worth of penalties, committing no turnovers, and converting 12 of 16 third downs. Blake Bell was fantastic throwing the ball, even the few times he went vertical. The running game, though stymied at times in the first half, still managed 4.4 yards per carry even with Bell rushing for only 24 yards on 10 carries.
Bell’s passing ability is what Sooner fan has to be excited about. No, he wasn’t throwing 20 yard outs and 60 yard streaks, but Bell also wasn’t overthrowing 8 yard slants by ten feet and tossing the ball into the waiting arms of a defender.
The defense was good … somewhat. It was disconcerting that a team that managed a single touchdown against Bowling Green managed three drives of 66 yards or more. But none of the remaining eight drives went for over 29 yards. The OU D still held Tulsa to 321 yards and 3 yards per carry, which in college football 2013 is excellent.
8) Blake Bell = Landry Jones 2.0
And the downer no one expects … This is the Landry Jones offense with a half-dozen zone reads. It was probably because the Tulsa defense was selling out to stop the run. It appeared that way with the ease in which Bell found open receivers with man coverage. But nothing was all that different in the play calling between late 2012 and Oklahoma/Tulsa.
Bell should not have over 400 yards passing. Hell, he shouldn’t have to throw the ball 37 times. The local airwave pundits have lamented the change in offense when OU has been setting records with the pass first, second, and third offense. But, as has been discussed ad nausea, those offenses can’t do a damn thing against a decent defense with great athletes. OU runs that pass first offense against Notre Dame, the Sooners will fall from the ranks of the undefeated. Give Bell a chance to use his legs.
7) The article heard ’round the state
I don’t care about paying players. I don’t care about rampant drug use by college students. I don’t care if those college students are dumb shits who bang anything with a pulse (which pretty much sums up Walker 6 East circa 1995, minus the whole being an athlete thing).
But don’t start acting like defense attorneys when you don’t have the equipment. What I care about is the public and radio/TV journalists using the words “hearsay” and “evidence” with no concept of what those words mean.
Hearsay: Tatum Bell told Artrell Woods, who in turn told SI that he was paid a bonus.
NOT hearsay: Artrell Woods telling SI he saw Bell receive a bonus.
NOT hearsay: Seymore Shaw telling SI he was paid to sign with OSU.
Google is your friend.
Oh, and eyewitness testimony or first hand accounts ARE evidence.
The article itself opened no one eyes on anyone paying attention to college football the past half century. It was a self-gratifying, four-day too long piece written by a couple of guys hoping to throw open the curtains to show how major college football programs operate outside the public gaze.
Hey, SI, water is wet. Now where is my Pulitzer?
6) How not to enjoy a football game (or the day I brought my 3 year old into the stadium)
Yeah, so I thought it would be a fun father/son outing for the boy and I to attend the OU/Tulsa game. I came prepared. I had the floppy hat. I had the sunscreen. I had his water bottle. I bought food at the concession. I was a little drunk.
What I forgot was the seating area. Namely the area of your seat assignment is the size of a piece of notebook paper. Which shouldn’t be a problem when the child to your left weighs 35 pounds. But becomes a huge problem when 5 minutes into the game he won’t stay in his assigned area. I want to apologize to the attendees of the game in Section 17, Row 30 for the raccoon that was crawling down and around the aisles for about 40 minutes, or the entire first quarter because that is all
he I could take.
On a related note, we photo bombed Blake Griffin. Then he elbowed me in the face. It was awesome.
5) TCU completely bent over
2005 Sooner fan, take heart.
TCU was completely screwed in Lubbock on Thursday night by not one, not two, but three terrible calls that cost them a win against an upstart Texas Tech team.
a) The “fair catch” signal with 3 minutes gone in the 4th quarter that wasn’t a fair catch signal. Brandon Carter took a punt 70 yards to the house for a touchdown. The play was then reversed because some idiot with black and white stripes thought moving your arm at waist level was a fair catch signal.
b) With 7 minutes remaining in the game, Tech receiver Deandre Washington drops the ball at the half yard line while waltzing into the end zone for an apparent touchdown. The ball sat in the end zone for a few seconds, and was picked up by the official. Instead of awarding the ball to TCU or something logical like that, the officials ruled the play dead and gave Tech the ball where the fumble occurred. Um, what? How is that the correct call? Maybe someone with more time can check THIS out for the masses.
c) Then the coup de gras – under 4 minutes left, TCU punts the ball, the receiver, who has no one within 5 yards of him, touches the ball, and TCU recovers. Except none of that happened. Nary a single official called the ball live when it hit the TCU receiver. Moreover, the idiot standing next to the receiver (who did I mention didn’t call a live ball?) called kick catch interference on a guy who was more out-of-bounds than interfering. Tech took the ball down and kicked a field goal that put the game away.
Three strange at best, terrible at worst, calls in 12 minutes that cost TCU the game.
4) JFF is gud
Love him. Hate him. Doesn’t matter. Dude can flat-out ball. And he does it on the biggest stages.
Johnny Manziel threw for 5 touchdowns and 464 yards, and ran for another 98 in a losing effort against the formerly invincible Alabama defense that looked awfully average against a great offensive team. Unfortunately for the Aggies, they still can’t play a lick of defense and fell to the Crimson Tide 49-42. But not because of the effort of JFF, who was brilliant when it mattered the most – the 4th quarter. Yes, he did throw what turned out to be a crucial pick 6 in the third quarter. But dude just rattled off 562 total yards against ALABAMA. Not Savannah State. Not even Arizona State. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.
But more than JFF’s typical brilliance was the emergence on the national stage of Aggie wide receiver Mike Evans. Yes, Alabama lost a lot of talent in the 2013 NFL draft. But the program has amassed a stable of talent not seen on any other college campus. The Tide has players in the secondary. And Evans made them look stupid. The 6’5″ 230 pound Evans was far and away the best player on the field not named Manziel, torching the Tide for 279 receiving yards. Dude is an absolute beast.
3) Texas is not gud
800 rushing allowed … the last two games. Against BYU and Ole Miss, who no one is mistaking for 1985 Oklahoma and 1998 Nebraska. This is Texas we are talking about.
The Longhorns were once again embarrassed by an average team, losing 44-23 to Ole Miss in Austin, outscored 27-0 in the second half. I am now convinced Mack Brown is done. What wins do you see left on Texas’ schedule? Kansas at home. At ISU. At TCU. What other games will Texas win? Truly a stunning start to the season for Texas.
2) From the pages of WTF, I bring you the conclusion of Wisconsin and Arizona State
One boring ass mf’ing weekend of football.
Oklahoma does just enough in the off week to lose at Notre Dame by a field goal
Oklahoma State does just enough in the off week to humiliate West Virginia.
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