By the time you read this, The Day After Tomorrow will manifest itself in reality on the East Coast. New York City is about to get hit with 75 MPH winds, 8 inches of rain, and a six-foot storm surge. Or, as Oklahomans call it, April.
Here’s the Week 9 Power Poll for one of the biggest sports night’s in our state history:
10) Second Verse, Same as the First
Seems to be a pattern developing here. A good to great, fundamentally sound, well-coached team outlasts the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman in 2012. Notre Dame soundly defeated the Sooners in Norman Saturday night. The Irish committed no turnovers and one penalty. They averaged 5.5. yards a rush, and gave up less than a yard a carry. They were 7-15 on 3rd down. They had a five-minute advantage in time of possession.
Oklahoma didn’t play bad. Notre Dame played perfect. That’s really about it. Yes, Heupel could have actually ran a hurry up offense and remembered the Tech and Texas game plan Yes, the lines could have played tougher. Yes, Landry could have been sharper. The Kansas State loss was more about Oklahoma’s failures. This loss was more about Notre Dame’s effectiveness. The talent is there in South Bend. Now there is a coach how can facilitate the talent.
9) Stripe the Stadium
Eh, I guess. It looked pretty good. But that’s what Oklahoma has come to? Gimmicks? We aren’t Oklahoma State. OU football does not need “white outs” or “frisbee catching dogs” to claim relevance. I fully expect a Nike Day next season, complete with pinstripe uniforms and shoes with jetpacks.
10) Boring Ass OU/KU Game was Boring
This game was over by the time the Boy Scouts showed everyone their seats, and was completely unwatchable after the first few minutes of the second half.
To the mild surprise of some, including me, OU was anything but flat. Some will complain about the 185 yards rushing they surrendered to Kansas, but that happens when your opponent rushes the ball 58 times. OU did give up over 300 yards of offense to Kansas, but hell, Kansas ran 86 plays, averaging a paltry 3.6 yards a play. Normally this post would be filled with colorful language when an OU opponent runs 35 more plays than the Sooners. But again that happens when you have two special teams touchdowns and the game is out of hand midway through the 3rd. Yes, OU should have run the ball more often. Yes, there were scores of swing passes. And that won’t cut it next week. But OU can take from this game the knowledge they did exactly what they needed to do to win - avoid a letdown.
9) OU/Notre Dame
And let the hype begin. Notre Dame travels to Norman this weekend for a prime time showdown against the Sooners, complete with College GameDay, tradition, and my drunk ass downing bourbon like fun-sized Snickers bars.
This game truly has epic potential. Though the season has a long way to go, I fully expect a 2008 Texas Tech like atmosphere both outside and inside the stadium this Saturday, only with annoying Notre Dame fans everywhere. Tickets are at a premium that I have never seen. We are looking for four tickets together, and I see nothing under $450 per ticket. Some jerky offered me $2,000 … per ticket. News flash – this isn’t the effing Super Bowl. It’s the biggest non-conference game in decades, but I not blowing my weekly wine budget on four hours I am unlikely to remember.
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10) Who In The Blue Hell is Calling the Plays?
Three weeks ago, I said the following …
“[Heupel] is in over his head. He is terrible at making adjustments. He is terrible at creating a system that suits his personnel. And his offense is a gimmick that will never win anything. I was hoping last year showed this coaching staff that BS spread from the shotgun isn’t the future and the Sooners would make a commitment to a power I, run first offense. I could not have been more wrong. Heupel and his offense need to go.”
Do I know how to call ‘em or what?
Plays under center. Fullback trap. Play action roll out. Full house backfield. Max protection. Yes, we still run too many plays from shotgun. But you can’t argue with 680 total yards against an FBS opponent, especially one that was supposed to have a great defense. OU nation must be thrilled with the changes Stay Puft made to the offense after Kansas State. Over 300 yards rushing and passing. And he stuck with the run even after Williams was being stuffed play after play. He’s a different guy right now.
9) And Then There is the Defense
Say what you want about the Texas defense. They haven’t been very good all year. West Virginia, Oklahoma State, and to an extent Ole Miss went up and down the field on Texas. So I don’t think anyone was too shocked OU managed to move the ball.
That being said … Texas was playing excellent offense. Ash was efficient if not spectacular. The running game had been stellar. Texas looked like a good offensive football team.
And then Mike Stoops cock slapped them in front of 95,000 people.
I don’t know how he has done it this year with this rag-tag group of players. There is not a single defensive lineman who will play significant time at the next level. The linebackers were terrible against the run and pass last year. And the defensive backs … my God, the defensive backs last year were atrocious. With virtually the same personnel, Mike Stoops has taken a defensive ranked 60th in total defense last year to a top 10 defense in 5 games. Stunning.
8) Which Leads Me to This …
So my wife was at continuing education in Albuquerque this weekend. Leaving me and my son to hang out with my in-laws, who I actually enjoy spending time with. Maybe because they are the only people I know who drink more wine than me. Because I had a built-in babysitter, my father-in-law decided to play golf Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. First weekend in October – generally great golfing weather in Oklahoma.
Except eff you weather.
Thank God for beer and beer. Because without it, two golf outings would have ended horribly and prematurely at the hands of 48 degrees and north winds.
To my power poll:
10.The Landry Jones Redemption
Mr. Hand’s numbers Saturday afternoon weren’t great. 25 of 40. 259 yards. A couple of touchdowns. But he committed no turnovers. He made good decisions. He made NFL throws. This was his best game in a year. He looked poised. He made all the throws. He made the proper reads. As much shit as he caught this week from the media and fans (myself included), he deserves the praise he should receive this week.
This was the Landry Jones Sooner fans expected during Jones’ senior season.
9. Stay Puft … Wait for it …
Called a play putting the quarterback under center. And the angel brought forth the seventh sign, and the Lord said “it is done.” Everybody run they ass to church because Jones taking a snap from under center indicates the end of days. My shock aside, Tech was so blown away by the Sooners’ formation the entire defensive line jumped offsides as soon as Jones lined up under center.
I am not convinced Heupel is the right guy to be running this offense. He can be predictable. He hates the I formation. He loves horizontal passing routes. But the facts are this:
Time of possession Saturday was nearly even.
The Sooners converted 8 of 14 on 3rd down.
Oklahoma averaged 4.2 yards a carry on 29 rushes.
The red zone offense was creative and aggressive.
OSU lost this past weekend. OU was off, but probably would have lost. Here’s the Week Five Power Poll:
10) Fumble? Touchdown?
Probably was a fumble. But the hell with it. Screw OSU and Texas. I hope you both catch the ass cancer.
9) J.W. Walsh is Gud
So I guess Wes Lunt isn’t that vital to the offense after all. “Backup” J.W. Walsh threw for 301 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and chipped in 57 yards of rushing against the best defense the Cowboys are likely to face this year. He had one bad interception, and yes, the running game helped relieve the pressure, but this is a highly recruited dual-threat quarterback who jumped into the starting role without a hiccup. Gee, I sure wish a certain program in Norman could have such a transition.
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