Last night, I was alerted to this strange YouTube music video called “I’m A Man, I’m 40 (My Name Is Mike Gundy).” The song, which is about Mike Gundy and the college football power he created, was produced and performed by an online “journalist” named Brian Shaw.
The video itself is pretty cheesy and terrible. That being said, I kind of like the thing. It’s virtually guaranteed to irritate the hell out of Clark Matthews, Josh Pettit or any other OSU fan who watches it. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing more fun than seeing an irritated OSU fan get angry and upset (especially after the Cowboys choke away a Bedlam game and turn Brennan Clay into a hero). Hell, PistolsFiring.com hates the video so much they posted a second-by-second reaction to the clip in an attempt to refute the guy’s lyrics.
Anyway, here’s the video:
It’s my final College Football Power Poll of the season. Might as well go out and style and lead off with OSU:
10) Oklahoma State Defense, Part I
The Oklahoma State Cowboys defense surrendered 44 first downs to Oklahoma last week. In response this week, OSU gave up 23 first downs the first half against Baylor. That is a staggering 11 first downs per quarter, or a first down every minutes and twenty seconds. At some point, the bend don’t break defense can only take so many jobs before it gets knocked the eff out.
And it did get knocked out, courtesy of a 4th quarter comeback against Oklahoma and Baylor gashing the Pokes Saturday to the tune of 615 yards, over 300 of which were on the ground. They lost the time of possession battle again. They allowed Baylor to convert 9-17 third downs, many of which were third and long.
It would appear that Oklahoma State is going to field a championship offense for the foreseeable future. But that means 7-5 when your defense can’t get off the field.
Yes, Bedlam was not the only show in town this weekend. The Thunder split a short East Coast road trip. Notre Dame is going to the BCS Championship Game. The Dallas Cowboys are a few more games away from the end of the Jason Garrett experiment. The west side of the state finds another savior in 6A, in the form of Norman North, that will be yet another grease spot that is east side high school football dominance.
But this is about OU/OSU 2012. A classic matchup of two good teams with great offenses and high school caliber defenses.
10) Why Oklahoma Won and Oklahoma State Lost
Oklahoma was able to make a few more stops than Oklahoma State. OSU simply could not get OU off the field enough to win the game. Oklahoma ran 103 plays, Oklahoma State 79. Oklahoma had the ball 13-minutes longer than Oklahoma State. And if you still think OSU wasn’t gassed at the end of the game, rewatch that 17 play drive to end the game, and the two runs by OU in overtime.
Throughout the game, the numbers didn’t add up to an OSU lead, much less an 11 point lead in the 3rd quarter. It was just a matter of time before OU strung out a win.
Oklahoma didn’t play poorly. 460 yards of offense. COnverted 9 of 13 third downs. Efficient passing game. Averaged 4.6 yards a carry.
Baylor wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire. 172 yards passing. 4.9 yards a rush. 5 yards a play. Outgained by Oklahoma in total yards.
No, the stats show OU didn’t play bad. The result showed Oklahoma played lackadaisical football. Oklahoma defeated the hapless Baylor Bears 42-34 Saturday afternoon. But two turnovers, including the obligatory Landry Jones “WTF” throw kept Baylor in the game. That and an emphasis on running the ball. OU again finished in the negative in the turnover battle, causing some to wonder (e.g. me) when the Sooners are going to lose a game they shouldn’t because they can’t come out ahead on turnovers … like, maybe this weekend.
9) Per Usual, OU Plays Average and everything is “Fine”
Every time OU loses, “we were outcoached, out played, we have to get better, we have to coach them up”. When we win playing below average, the media has no idea what they are talking about, the fans are idiots, and all that matters is that we won. All we care about is the win, Stoops says. We did exactly what we were supposed to do, Coach says about a team that gave up 252 yards rushing. Good to know the team played a winless Baylor team in conference to a stellar one possession win. At home.
You know something else I know, Coach? No other effing team this year has used every one of their first half timeouts with 10 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter.
10) Landry Jones is (Still) Maddening
No college quarterback in the state of Oklahoma in the past decade has been as maddeningly inconsistent as Landry Jones. He can win you games, he can lose you games. He throws rocket 25 yard seam passes in a window the size of watermelon, and then throws passes a senior in high school won’t throw. The only thing consistent about Jones is that you can expect nothing.
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