Monthly Archives: November 2012
Sooner4OU Commentary: The entire Sooner Nation needs to be big Northern Illinois supporters this weekend. Northern Illinois must beat Kent State to ensure that OU’s get an At-Large bid to the BCS if they beat TCU this weekend. The new Non-quailfier rules are in full affect and could be damaging to OU’s efforts. There are other ways for OU to get in the BCS mix, but this is the most likely. Go Huskies (Northern Illinois that is)! Boomer!
Article Excerpt: Oklahoma appears headed for a BCS at-large bid, most likely a trip to the Sugar Bowl. While it hasn’t been a perfect season in Norman, the Sooners have a 9-2 record with losses to Kansas State and Notre Dame, two top-10 teams. They blew out Texas in the Red River Rivalry. Moreover, they will survive the Big 12 with a single conference loss if they can beat TCU on Saturday. There are four at-large slots available for teams that did not win their conference, and OU will line up fourth behind Notre Dame, Florida and Oregon should Kansas St. win the Big 12 on Saturday with a win over Texas.
But Oklahoma could lose its BCS bid to Kent State.
See on sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Sooner4OU Commentary: One of my good friends daughter was a the Rufnek gal who rode the Schooner for four years prior to this one. She is still heavily involved even though she has done her four years atop the Schooner (the limit). She has been mentoring others and lending support, as their is a great deal of pride in being a Rufnek. We have sat with her in the Rufnek section and it is awesome! In my opinion, the Sooner Schooner tradition is one of the best in college football and very dear to those with crimson blood. Boomer!
Article Excerpt: College football has some of the longest and most beloved traditions in sports history. From the die-hard fans to the elaborate pep rallies, marches, and tailgates, football games have become quite the spectacle. Every college has something unique to bring to the table come game day, but there are certain school traditions you just can’t beat. In no particular order, here are the eight coolest college football traditions.
#5 Sooner Schooner, OU:
Oklahoma loves its football, and that’s easy to see at just about any loud OU football game. Besides the die-hard fans and talented players, there is another exciting attraction to keep an eye out for — the Sooner Schooner. The Sooner Schooner wagon is raced across the field every time OU scores. Designed after the historical Oklahoma Conestoga wagon, Sooner Schooner is pulled by two white ponies named Boomer and Sooner and driven by the RUF/NEKS, OU’s all-male pep squad.
See on www.thebestdegrees.org
Sooner4OU Commnetary: Well this article is right about one of the BCS qualifying scenarios, but there are others. So, no one needs to get to caught up in the “help from Texas thing” as it will be a crazy game i am sure of that. K-State is the better team, but as we have seen so far this season anything can happen on any given day. I still believe that the Sooners will get a BCS bowl bid, but it will be close. What do you think?
Article Excerpt: The BCS Championship and Rose Bowl match ups will be decided this weekend. The ACC, Big 12 and Big East champions will all get an automatic bid, leaving only three at-large bids. Florida and Oregon are likely to be guaranteed a bid with each school being ranked in the top 5 of the BCS, leaving one bid open. If Kent State beats Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship this weekend, it will likely take the final at-large bid by jumping into the top 16.
The Sooners need some help.
Oklahoma has to beat TCU in its final conference game and then root for Texas. The Sooners have to hope that a team they beat by 42 points can upset Kansas State at home. If Texas is unable to beat Kansas State, then Oklahoma may be shut out of the BCS picture completely.
See on www.dailytexanonline.com
Sooner4OU Commentary: It should be an exciting upcoming weekend for Sooner fans and that is saying something given the close calls of the past two weeks. Depending on which BCS bowl you are hoping for we need a win and a loss by others to get OU selected into a BCS bowl, either Fiesta or Sugar. They can also win the Big12 outright or share in the title based on whether K-State wins or loses, assuming OU wins. So, it will be exciting to watch ad probably a bit nerve-wracking. Boomer!
Article Excerpt: Given a choice, Landry Jones would rather avoid the type of late-game heroics he’s had to provide for Oklahoma on two straight Saturdays. Even so, he’s not about to trade away the experiences he’s had in rallying the Sooners to back-to-back wins when they simply had to score a touchdown in the final 30 seconds to win.
“You always remember those tight games,” Jones said. “You always remember the games where you come from behind and you get a victory.”
The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) won in the final moments of regulation at West Virginia, then tied the Bedlam rivalry with 4 seconds left before beating Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime on Saturday night.
After failing to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit and win for five years, Oklahoma has done it in back-to-back games to stay right in the thick of the Big 12 championship chase.
See on sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Sooner4OU Commentary: Landry continues to lift the Sooners as needed to get the wins. All the while, setting Big12 and Sooner records along the way. Regardless of how you feel about him, he is a strong quarterback. Especially, given the quality of the two losses, which had to do with the whole team not just a position or two. I am glad he is doing well and the Sooners still have a legitimate shot at a BCS Bowl berth.
Article Excerpt: For the second straight week, Landry Jones threw for 500 yards in a Sooners victory. This week, he set school records for completions (46) and attempts (71) while throwing for exactly 500 yards in a memorable 51-48 overtime victory over rival Oklahoma State. In a game worthy of the name “Bedlam”, Jones passed Graham Harrell for the title of the Big 12′s all-time leading passer. He now has 16,124 career passing yards and became the first player in FBS history to throw for at least 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in each of his four seasons in college.
Sooner4OU Commentary: Regardless of how you feel about Landry and his performance this year, you should all hope he goes out on top. He has been a loyal and record-setting quarterback for OU and except for some poor showings in big games has been a positive force for the last four years. I for one hope and wish Landry all the best in his last couple of games for the Sooners and on into the NFL. What do you think?
Article Excerpt: Bedlam brings final home start for Sooners’ Landry Jones and several other Sooners.
Landry Jones wouldn’t consider his career as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback to be a mixed bag.
Entering his final home game Saturday night against No. 22 Oklahoma State (7-3, 5-2 Big 12), Jones chooses to focus on the highs he’s experienced with the 14th-ranked Sooners (8-2, 6-1) and not the occasional fierce criticism he’s endured.
Jones has won one Big 12 championship and is trying to keep Oklahoma in the mix for another, and he’ll be going for his third Bedlam rivalry win — to go with three rivalry victories against Texas.
See on www.kjrh.com
Sooner4OU Commentary: It is so good to see such a positive story about an OU football family. Shepard has been a consistent and elusive reciever this year and is just now starting to hit his stride. If he continues down this same path, then nothing but great things are in front of him. Boomer Sterling Boomer!
Article Excerpt: OU’s Shepard opens Bedlam chasing father’s legacy. “He reminds me so much of his father in the way that he runs,” said former OU quarterback Jamelle Holieway, whose first TD pass was to Derrick Shepard.
See on www.tulsaworld.com
Sooner4OU Commentary: This is going to be an exciting game that will be determined, in my opinion, by OU’s ability to stop the run (OSU’s Randle is a strong back) and on turn-overs. If the Sooners can keep Randle in check and come out with a positive turn-over margin versus the Cowboys, then it should be a another Sooner Bedlam win. What do you think?
Article Excerpt: After what happened at West Virginia Saturday night, history will be kind to the Mountaineers’ Tavon Austin. His 572 all-purpose yards fell six shy of an NCAA record.
It will be kind to Stedman Bailey. His 13 catches for 205 yards and four touchdowns complemented Austin’s 334 rushing yards dynamically.
History will be damning to the Oklahoma defense. Before Saturday, the most yards OU had ever surrendered in a single game was 616.
West Virginia went for 778, including 458 on the ground.
This just seven days after Baylor had, in the words of OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, “opened up Pandora’s box” with 252 rushing yards.
See on www.tulsaworld.com Photo: MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World
OU could do little to stop West Virginia’s running game, but still won. To have hopes of beating Oklahoma State and its two-headed rushing attack, the Sooners will have to find some quick fixes.
As he sauntered to the post game podium late Saturday night, Mike Stoops was handed a copy of the stat sheet.”Do I have to look at them?” said Stoops, as he flipped the paper over. “I don’t want to see them.”
In a 50-49 win Stoops’ defense deserved to lose, the Sooners couldn’t pressure Geno Smith, couldn’t cover Stedman Bailey and, most certainly, couldn’t tackle Tavon Austin. Stoops was brought back to the save the Sooners’ defense, not surrender 778 total yards, which was far more than Brent Venables or any other OU defensive coordinator ever allowed.
“A humbling night in a lot of ways,” Stoops said. “Very disappointed in our containment of the football, our ability to tackle in space. Virtually the whole second half was a fiasco.
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Sooner4OU Commentary: It is game day! Sooner4OU predicts the Sooner win 42-28 in Morgantown. What is your prediction? Boomer!
Article Excerpt: The Sooners travel to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers on Saturday. Here are five story-lines to keep an eye on:
1. How will the Sooners react to their first trip to Morgantown, W. Va.?
No player in the program has played at West Virginia. Milan Puskar Stadium is generally an unpleasant place to play for opponents but the Mountaineers have lost to Kansas State and TCU in their last two home games.
The road atmosphere isn’t likely to be as rowdy as expected when the season began and this was considered one of the Big 12’s marquee games of 2012.
See on insider.espn.go.com