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Head Coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners head into spring practice confident and ready to go. Still riding high from the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, this is a Sooner squad beaming with confidence. The coaches are needing only to reload a couple of open positions and fill out the rotations in order to put a strong product on the field in 2014. OU must avoid the injury bug during spring drills and focus on getting more reps for the youngsters and if they do that the Sooners , then they will go into fall play as the Big12 favorites and potentially compete for national honors. Here is to the Sooners and their hopes as we head into spring ball. Boomer!
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Senior Cameron Clark playing in his final game at Lloyd Noble goes out with a double-double. It is a fitting home game ending for a strong player who has a great career with the Sooners. Everyone n the Sooner Nation is looking forward to Cameron’s play in the postseason tournament. What do you think about Cameron Clark’s career with the Sooners? Boomer!
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The Sooners secondary is loaded with talent heading into 2014, but will need to replace two established players who were key fixtures the last couple of years. With both Gabe Lynn and Aaron Colvin moving on to try their wares in the NFL, it is now up to Coach Wright and Coach Stoops to field able replacements. They have some experienced players and some new talents to come up with the starting five (2 corners, 2 safeties and a nickel back), not too mention a strong rotation. Ahmad Thomas and Hatari Byrd are two names that continue to surface as athletic players who are ready to step up and fill a void. Quentin Hayes may not start, but should figure into the rotation. Sanchez has all but locked-up a starting position at corner. Spring ball will be crucial to finding the right mix to field a secondary next fall that rivals the other areas of the team. Like most of the Sooner Nation, I am confident that the Stoops will rise to the task. Boomer!
The Ten Commandments of Sooner Football Heading into the Texas Tech game
1. Thou shalt play with confidence, have swagger and be balling relentlessly, even if tortillas are thrown at you
2. Thou shalt deny the Tech the passing game and rush the quarterback relentlessly
3. Thou shalt go for it on fourth-and-inches, even fourth-and-one and rise to meet your destiny
4. Thou shalt not allow the Red Raiders to have a rushing game like the others have had this season
5. Thou shalt play Sooner football in the sun or in rain and succeed
6. Thou shalt use the forward pass for 250+ yards and run ye ball for 200+ yards
7. Thou shalt not be penalized unmercifully; play smart, lest you become a churl
8. Thou shalt act with purpose when playing Tech and win both sides of the line of scrimmage through four quarters
9. Thou shalt remember that this game is at home and honor the Sooner egends that were there before ye
10. Thou shalt use all your might, concede nothing and leave it all on the field of battle on your march to victory! Boomer!
It is Gameday! The University of Oklahoma’s #18 ranked Football team takes it 5-1 record (2-1 conference) into enemy territory against KU in Lawrence, Kansas. Even though this is a game against a team that is ranked near the bottom nationally, it is still a big game for the Sooners as they attempt to recover after a disappointing loss against Texas last week.. Also, Josh Heupel, Blake Bell and the Sooner offense have a lot to prove after one of the worst offensive performances in recent memory. Boomer!
OU Football: OU at Kansas at 2:30PM CST
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas
TV Coverage: TV Listings
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 135 / XM 195
Radio: Radio Channel Listing
OU Fan Guide: See Online
Summary Preview: OU and Kansas contests have largely not been competitive since they both joined the Big12. The Sooners are favored by 23.5, but have a lot to prove after the Texas debacle. But, I believe OU coming off the big loss in the Red River Rivalry will show up and play today. OU wins by 28 points. Boomer!
Sooner4OU prediction: OU 49-21 KU.
There is a lot of angst in the Sooner Nation surrounding Josh Heupel and his ineffective game plan and inability to adjust last Saturday. It reminds many of them of the last couple of seasons where things seem to stall and yet the approach and game-plan are stuck to regardless of the results. Heupel’s post-game comments where he stated “He never considered switching from Bell during the game” only served to raise the frustration. As what would he have done if Bell had been knocked out of the game? Use Knight as a drop back passer? For many it is almost unimaginable that a Division 1 offensive coordinator would not have a backup plan that could still potentially win the game. It just comes across as arrogance and poor planning.
Others point out that Heupel’s is now a relative of Borens and is not concerned what others think. Whatever it is the Sooner Nation as a whole is not amused and has plenty to say about it. What do you think? Boomer!
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Below are some thoughts in regards to yesterday’s Red River Rivalry debacle. If you are one of those fair weather fans who only wants to hear sunshine and rainbow dreams, then this post is not for you. If on the other hand, you are a realistic fan who can read candid thoughts and constructive observations without trying to censor others, then this may be of interest for you. So without further ado, here are some quick thoughts and observations on yesterday’s game:
- Sure this is a rivalry game that can be crazy and unpredictable, but the Sooner coaches seemed over-confident, stubborn and complacent. Bob Stoops needs to get his coaches and team better engaged.
- Mack Brown, the Texas coaches and players deserve lots of credit as they were better prepared, motivated and did what was needed to win. The consistently won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and it made a huge difference.
- Texas ran the ball and OU could not stop it! Obviously, the Texas coaches reviewed film and had their team prepared and the Sooner coaches believed the hype and phoned it in.
- Coach Heupel should be ashamed of his after-game comments. He is supposed to be a leader and instead of taking some of the responsibility for the loss, he called out his players and their execution. It was painfully obvious that his play calling and lack of leadership played a large part in the debacle. These are kids, who are not paid professionals and rely on their coaches to have them prepared, inspired and in a position to succeed. Can anyone really say that happened? It was clearly more than just execution, which was poor. So for Heupel to blame them solely is absurd. Shame on you Josh Heupel, shame on you be a leader, not a excuse maker!
- Not since the 2003 K-State debacle have I ever witnessed, an OU team so uninspired and flat. The coaches clearly did not have the team prepared or properly motivated.
- Major Applewhite kicked Josh Heupel’s ass in play calling!
- OU’s horrific performance may have actually saved Mack’s job.
- Sure…the Sooners are 5-1 overall, but it was obviously a bit of a mirage. The Notre Dame and TCU wins ere good ones, but the others were against weak opponents and the Sooners will need to regroup accordingly. The Sooner coaching staff is going to have to adjust and get their team better prepared to have a chance for a Big12 title. This loss will likely hinder that possibility, both mentally and logically. Good teams and coaching staffs can recover!
- After OU having one of its biggest recruiting weekends in years last week, this loss will further impact the lack of commitments by big time recruits as the elite recruit wants to go to teams that have national title shots and schemes that highlight their talents. Given our Senior receivers and running backs are not getting the touches to highlight their abilities, one has to question why elite recruits would join the Sooners. Can anyone clearly state what offensive or defensive schemes the Sooner consistently use? On defense is it 4-2-5 or 3-3-5 or other? On offense is it the read-option or the spread or some run hybrid featuring the diamond formation. Elite recruits want more assurance and consistency.
- This Big12 conference is largely irrelevant nationally and full of teams that are unable to reach their potential. The Big12 teams are living off their past, except for Baylor. The once effective dink and dunk pinball offenses are no longer the answer and the run-supported vertical stretch passing games that Baylor and Oregon run are the juice required to win consistently.
- Keith Ford, Roy Finch and Trey Millard looked good yesterday.
- Texas committed an extra linebacker to stop the run and it was working; yet Huepel in all his wisdom did not go vertical to our wide-outs to counter. Yet In-inexplicably OU never went vertical against the Longhorns.
- Unbelievably against a team that had been very susceptible against the zone-read and a mobile quarterback, Bell never ran the ball in the first half.
- Heupel and the OU offense made it easy for the Texas defense by providing them with numerous Sooner 3rd and longs. Not too mention, the repetitive and predictable 1st and 2nd downs that even the Texas fans were able to predict is borderline incompetent.
- Huepel may be a beloved Sooner for his 2000 championship run, but as a Offensive Coordinator his hard-headed and predictable approach is not working. Josh is clearly not an elite D-1 offensive coordinator yet.
- Heupel called a very poor and stubborn offensive game against Texas. Heupel’s offensive game plan does not make use of the talent that this team can bring to the table. He does not utilize OU’s strengths or capabilities and at times it is almost mystifying or mind-boggling in his approach.
- Blake Bell is not a typical Sooner drop back passer, nor is he an elusive runner. How does his talents fit into the Sooner offensive scheme going forward?
- In my humble opinion, Blake Bell really doesn’t seem to be the answer at QB. I don’t know if anyone in the lineup is better, but he can’t deliver the deep ball and seemed very slow and tentative.
- We had receivers get open several times yesterday, but for some reason Blake isn’t able to capitalize on this and get the ball to them. Either he can’t read defenses or is struggling getting through his reads…not sure.
- We now know why Trevor Knight was originally selected over Bell. Knight is young, quick and elusive, and isn’t any less accurate than Bell. If you saw what the Iowa State quarterback did to Texas last week and what the Kansas State quarterback did against Baylor yesterday, running for almost 200 yards, then it is easy to see a quarterback change is needed. The OU coaches should strongly consider going back to Trevor Knight or giving Kendall Thompson an opportunity.
- Obviously injuries played a part, as we missed and will continue to miss Corey Nelson and Jordan Phillips on defense. Their lack of leadership and run stopping was a key ingredient in yesterday inability to stop the run.
- The big play weakness reared its ugly head again. As the Sooner defense was out-schemed and out-played yesterday.
- Aaron Colvin looked average yesterday and Sanchez was beaten several times. They had seemed impregnable before yesterday’s game.
- Other than Geneo Grissom, the defensive line was overran and pushed back all day. There is a lot of work ahead for the Sooner coaches in this area
- Even though he was the top tackler with 19 stops yesterday, Mike Stoops has got to get Alexander filling the gaps and providing better coverage, before this Sooner defense is ready for a Baylor team.
- Does anybody know where the Sooner pass rush went? You would thing that against a opponents second team quarterback that some sacks or hurries would be in order, but that was clearly not the case. Lots of coaching work to be done here
Special Teams Needs Work:
- The overall special teams performance yesterday reminded me of lone of last years many weak performances.
- Punting was off yesterday.
- The big play for the other team made a cameo appearance.
- Big improvement is needed in this area before next week.
Sooner Fans Hold Hope:
- Sadly, some Sooner fans falsely believe they are better fans because the blindly follow the Sooners and cannot believe the audacity of other Sooner fans to constructively criticize, candidly discuss or vent a little bit when things go terribly wrong. These are the same kind of folks who kept the racial bias going on for decades, let the Nazis come to power in Germany and who believe the status quo is always right and beyond approach. Thankfully, they are small numbers now and there is little tolerance for their attempts to censor others. We live in a democracy, let freedom reign!
- There is a lots of contempt for the inexplicable play calling amongst the Sooner Nation in the aftermath of yesterday’s drubbing.
- Many fans are hopeful that this was just a blip and the Sooners will regroup and still contend for a Big12 title.
It is Gameday! The University of Oklahoma’s #12 ranked Football team takes it 5-0 record on to the field in the Red River Rivalry. This is a big game at the Cotton Bowl for the Sooners as they are favored by two touchdowns and widely seen as the better team. The Sooners have the talent edge and go into the 78th edition of the Red River Rivalry brimming with confidence.. Boomer!
OU Football: Oklahoma vs. Texas at 11AMCST
Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
TV Coverage: ABC, Channel Listing
Satellite Radio: Sirius 117 or XM 202
Radio: Radio Channel Listing
Dallas Morning News Preview: See Online
OU Fan Guide: See Online
Summary Preview: The Red River Rivalry has been a tale of back and forth winning streaks since Texas joined the Big12. The Sooners are currently taking a three-game winning streak into the 2013 rendition of the game. The Sooners must press the gas and let their athletes make plays and use the talent edge bring home the game, but if this becomes a game full of turn-overs then anything is possible, especially in a rivalry game. Ultimately, I believe OU’s defense coming off the big win against TCU and the offense focused on running the ball will be too much for the Longhorns. The Sooners come out strong in the first half and really pull away and win by 31 points. Boomer!
Sooner4OU prediction: OU 48-17 Texas.
Important Note: The Sooner and Longhorns will be wearing alternate uniforms with gold accents made specially for the 2013 Red River Rivalry.
The Ten Commandments of Sooner Football Heading into the Red River Rivalry
1. Thou shalt walk through the tunnel on to the Cotton Bowl play with swagger and be balling relentlessly
2. Thou shalt deny the Mack Brown a win he so desperately needs
3. Thou shalt run, run some more and run over the Texas “D” and rise to meet your destiny
4. Thou shalt not yield a lead to the Longhorns at anytime during the game; decimate their hope
5. Thou shalt play Sooner football in rain as forecasted and succeed;
6. Thou shalt use the forward pass for 200+ yards and run ye ball for 200+ yards
7. Thou shalt not be penalized unmercifully in the Cotton Bowl; play smart, lest you become a churl
8. Thou shalt act with purpose and win both sides of the line of scrimmage against a Longhorn team that is over-matched
9. Thou shalt provide the Longhorns with there four loss in a row
10. Thou shalt use all your might, concede nothing and leave it all on the field of battle on your march to victory! Boomer!
The Sooners went into the game against the Horned Frogs beaming with confidence having won 10 straight conference games in a row starting last season. They left banged up from an old-fashioned street brawl with a 3-point win. This game was a tough defensive battle that only starting giving up big plays in the fourth quarter after both defenses were tired having spent a great deal of time on the field reining in the the oppositions offense. Memorial stadium had not seen such a pitch defensive battle since the 2005 season. It was a war and the Sooners came out on top.
The Good: TCU did not cross midfield at all in the first half, scored zero points and had zero first downs until late in the third quarter. Coach Bob Stoops had this to say about their strong defensive performance in the first half:
“I don’t think that’s ever happened, any one that I’ve been a part of, they played sensational. The guys were really aggressive, fast, played the run, played the pass really well.”
The team speed of OU’s defense was on full display and the concerns before the season about the defensive line are all but forgotten. As the Oklahoma defense continues to show it has returned to form and has the mettle to slow down the Big12 offenses.
On offense, OU running back Brennan Clay ran for a 111 yards in only nine carries , with 76 of that in one sensational fourth quarter run for a touchdown. Blake Bell did what he needed to do in a gutsy performance to bring in the win, but struggled with the passing game. Some of that struggle must attributed to the receivers as they were unable to get open. Trey Millard also contributed in a big way and continues to show why the pro scouts are licking their chops given his abilities.
The Bad: Due to the defensive play of TCU, the Sooner offense posted its worst third quarter in recent memory with no first downs, no points and very few yards. TCU put the hammer down on the Sooner receiving corp and other than Durron Neal’s performance made them look pedestrian and confused. The Sooners only had 152 yards passing and further exposed Bell’s erratic passing and Huepel sometimes predictable play-calling.
Top Play: No doubt it was the first half performance of the Sooner defense, as it was the best since the early years of Bob Stoops.
In the end the Sooners won one hard fought battle against a good opponent in season long war. They did what they had to do to preserve a victory and continue to build and mature as they head into the meat of the Big12 schedule. This is a win the Sooners should be proud of and leverage as it heads into to the Red River Rivalry next week.
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