OU and OSU both came away with solid victories over the weekend. Fans of the schools seemed satisfied with the wins. The message boards are currently at a peaceful, eerie calm. With Baylor and Tech on the horizon, expect that not to last.
10) Oklahoma figures out how to beat teams
The Sooners, despite losing yet another incredibly important player for the year to injury, pounded the hell out of the Texas Tech in a 38-30 win in rain-soaked Norman. The Sooners did exactly what they have to do to beat anyone with a pulse these days: stop the run and run the ball effectively. Joe OU fan can’t be upset with a defense led by two true freshman linebackers holding Texas Tech to 72 yards rushing and forcing three turnovers.
In addition to what I will dub as a better than average defensive performance, the Sooners played efficient, balanced offense, amassing 526 total yards against what was supposed an improved Texas Tech defense. The Sooners were successful on offense, averaging 5.5 yards per rush, and 11.3 yards per pass attempt. OU only threw the ball 22 times, but Bell gathered two touchdowns and 249 yards on 14 completions.
This is the way Oklahoma can win most, if not all, of its remaining football games.
9) That was what I thought they were
Blake Bell isn’t Sam Bradford, and frankly I was tired of Josh Heupel trying to act like Bradford was back there throwing the ball to the Texas defense. This team, which has now lost its most versatile offensive player in addition to its two best defenders, cannot beat anyone allowing 300 yards rushing and passing the ball 30-40 times a game. However, what can be done, must be done – Oklahoma has been able to turn from a great pass blocking team to a great run blocking team.
This is not a team where “the pass sets up the run.” This is a team that must assert itself with the ground game to have any effectiveness through the air. I don’t care if they play Oregon or trail Baylor by 40. The Sooners will not be able to move the ball via the forward pass running any offense other than what was run Saturday afternoon. Power running plays. Quarterback reads. Play action pass. That’s how the Sooners can win every game.
Well, that was an ugly weekend. From the cold rain to whatever sport the state teams thought they were playing, let’s recap it all:
10) Oklahoma is BACK BABY!
I guess …
The Sooners fiddle farted around Saturday afternoon, allowing the previously pathetic Jayhawk offense to run through what can only be dubbed as the WTF Defense in a manner Kansas hasn’t accomplished since Mount Mangino rumbled down the sidelines in Lawrence. Kansas had gone 47 straight drives without a touchdown. Mike Stoops was the antidote. After spotting Kansas 13 points over the first 15 minutes of the game, the Sooners finally came out of the locker room from halftime of the TCU game two weeks ago, outscoring Kansas 35-6 in a win that inspired no confidence with any OU fan.
10) Oklahoma Sleepwalks
In a game that everyone but OU coaches and players dubbed a classic trap game, the Sooners defeated TCU in ugly yet oddly clean fashion 20-17 Saturday night. OU’s defense was suffocating in the first half, holding TCU to under 20 total yards and not allowing a first down. However, the Sooners did their best to allow the Horned Frogs back into the game thanks to a terrible 3rd quarter offense and a ridiculous error on a pooch kick. OU did figure it out in the 4th quarter with a long touchdown run by Brennan Clay and Blake Bell doing things with his legs that no Sooner quarterback has done since 2001.
What an entertaining weekend of college football. It seemed like the early aughts. Bob Stoops won a big game and OSU choked on the road.
10) Sooners exorcized the demons
The Sooners started off fast, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and beat Notre Dame for the first time in too goddamn long 35-21. Bolstered by two interceptions in the opening minutes, including a pick six by the player formerly known as Corey Nelson (because that guy wearing number 7 isn’t the same Corey Nelson I have come to know and loath), the Sooner shot out to an early two touchdown lead and never looked back.
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