Sooner Sweet Home
Why is everybody SO shocked that Texas Tech got worked over like a two bit whore on Saturday in Norman? Seriously, was it that big of a surprise? Did anybody bother to look at Mike Leach’s road record? Did anybody bother to look at Oklahoma’s home record? Did anybody realize that OU plays in big games like that several times..EVERY year. Did anybody realize Texas Tech had never been positioned like that..pretty much ever?
It boggles my mind why people tend to look past these items, and fail to look at the big picture. Granted, that is different than picking Nebraska to win 4 games, because if you remember…yours truly was not counting on the complete and total collapse of Kansas State and Kansas this season either. In other words…I still think you are shitty and will be proven as such…I just think those around you have sunk even faster than you did. Regardless and back to my point…people tend to look away at blinding factors when prognosticating college football games. Let’s take a look at what I’m talking about.
Everybody today is ready to anoint Oklahoma University as the greatest team in the land, and rightfully so. They have probably the best QB in the country…they have talent all over the field and just as I told you back in August…they are simply better than everyone else. That has not changed.
But have you taken a good hard look at OU over the past few years? Have you realized that nearly every one of their of their “dominant performances" have been at home? Have you counted to see how many of those “dominant” performances have been on the road or hell, even on a neutral site? I’ll save you the trouble of looking. Below is OU’s record vs. ranked (and a couple of unranked) teams in neutral or road environments. Notice their lone tough "road" game this year was in Dallas:
At #5 Texas in Dallas (Lost 35-45)
At unranked Colorado (Lost 24-27)
Vs. #19 Texas at Dallas (Won 28-21)
At unranked Texas Tech (Lost 27-34)
Vs. #1 Missouri at San Antonio (Won 38-17)
Vs. #11 West Virginia at Glendale, AZ (Lost 28-48)
At #18 Oregon (Lost 33-34)
Vs. #7 Texas at Dallas (Lost 10-28)
At. #23 Missouri (Won 26-10)
At #21 Texas A&M (Won 17-16)
Vs. #18 Nebraska in Kansas City (Won 21-7)
Vs. #9 Boise State at Glendale, AZ (Lost 42-43 OT)
Not exactly un-beatable numbers now is it?
My point is..there is a lot of football left to play, and don’t be surprised if these “shocking” upsets happen that really aren’t so shocking. All it takes is a couple of seconds to look at the big picture.
Word out of Manhattan today is that Count Billula is back in charge in Manhattan.
I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this "hire". On one hand, how much worse could he really be? Ron Prince never was truly embarrassed by KSU fans, and was obviously out of his element on the sidelines during games. I think Ron Prince has a shot of being a decent coach somewhere down the line..but in order to win in central Kansas, you have to have a few tricks up your sleeve. The man may be an excellent coordinator or position coach, but he was obviously in over his head with his own team. (Although you have to tip your hat to KSU at the time for taking the chance on a relatively unproven African-American candidate.)
With that being said, can today’s high school player truly relate to Snyder and his old-school ways? I understand he pulled a miracle out of his..uhh..hat... back in the mid 90’s, but does he really have enough time left to rebuild that? And how much does Kansas and Missouri suddenly being strong impact him in recruiting? And don’t people remember his last two seasons as head coach, where he struggled to make a bowl his final year.
I’m not going to say it’s a failure in waiting…KSU really didn’t have many choices here. But it’s definitely an eyebrow raiser if anything. At the very least, I’m looking forward to more hate being generated by Husker fans who obviously, are not big fans of Bill Snyder and his past body of work.
Time will certainly tell.
I’m not sure I’ve heard anything more funny than the Omaha media’s sudden love with the Gator bowl and the city of Jacksonville. Now as you may know, I’ve been lucky enough to travel the country, and visit cities from coast to coast. Let the record show that a possible 8-4 season for Nebraska, not only demonstrates that you didn’t choke against teams they shouldn’t beat…but that Order has finally been restored by participating in the same bowl that Virginia went to last season. Either way, not being sucked into the abyss of other North teams has served you well this season, although it probably doesn’t help King Bo in the long run. (More on that later this week, and yes...even Charlie Weis had a good first year)
Regardless, I realize I am a TAD bit biased here…but don’t you think you people should actually visit Jacksonville, FL before you start singing it’s praises? Look, I realize it’s a large-scale miracle that you parlayed shitty coaching and zero talent into a “successful”* season. (* considering you won 9 games per year for 30 years…but hey…gotta start small right?)
But trust me when I say that the Gator Bowl is a “New Year’s Day Bowl” in the calendar sense only. I’m sure this will fall on deaf ears, and I don’t expect you to listen to ANY of this…but when you get off the plane, and suddenly feel like you’re in a warmer version of Erie, Pennsylvania…you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you’re suddenly longing for the dusty festival atmosphere of El Paso. (That is if you don’t choke to CU first)
Power Poll time
1) Missouri (9-2, 5-2) vs. Kansas @KC – The oldest hate week of them all goes down at Arrowhead this weekend. Not even close to last year in spotlight appeal, Mizzou attempts to run over a porous KU defense while trying not to think about the freight train coming that is OU or Texas.
2) Kansas (6-5, 3-4) vs. Missouri @KC – As I type this, I haven’t heard what the status is of Jake Sharpe or Kerry Meier. Then again, neither of them play defense, and KU is giving up 9,000 yards a game. I learned long ago not to assume anything in rivalry games, but KU is going to need Reesing to play out of his ass to keep this close. I expect it to be close for a while, but no way does KU have the horses to stick around for a full 60 minutes.
3) Colorado (5-6, 2-5) at Nebraska – Never before has a trip to Shreveport looked so good, as Dan Hawkins and his team gimps into Hickville for their annual post-Thanksgiving love fest with Nebraska. CU has had all sorts of trouble scoring late, although Nebraska is thinking awfully highly of itself these days. (Despite doing nothing but beating KU by 10 and getting by a KSU team that quit.) I didn’t think CU had a shot here..but I’m changing my tune quickly as I hear NU fans making plans for Jacksonville. You'd think 1996 would have taught them a lesson.
4) Nebraska (7-4, 4-3) vs. Colorado – A team with as little talent as Nebraska (and don’t kid yourself…you don’t have that much talent), can not afford to look past ANYONE…let alone a team that hates you. The key question here is whether or not Colorado can dig down and catch Hick nation sleepwalking. Take it from a guy who’s team has sucked over the years. You don’t look past people til you have earned it. (And no, earning it 12 years ago doesn’t count)
5) Kansas State (5-7, 2-6) Season Complete – Bill Snyder returns to Manhattan in one of the more interesting moves of the off-season. (that hasn’t even begun yet.) The question now is what sort of staff can he put together, and when he pushes Josh Freeman to improve, will it be enough to make him snap. No team will be more interesting to watch this off-season than KSU.
6) Iowa State (2-10, 0-8) Season Complete – ISU’s basketball team is pretty good. I think they play Hawaii tonight or something. Remember that time they made it to the Elite 8? Yeah, that was cool.
1) Oklahoma (10-1, 6-1) at Oklahoma State – As we’ve seen in OU’s road games over the past few years..the Sooners are a different team away from Norman. However, Okie State is just enough of a rivalry to keep their minds focused on this Saturday. Okie State’s struggle with Colorado has me wondering if they have enough left in the tank.
2) Texas (10-1, 6-1) vs. Texas A&M - Texas is but an Oklahoma State win away from possibly playing for a national title, without winning their division outright. (Sound familiar hicks?) Hanging by a thread, Texas needs only to dispose of A&M to ensure themselves of at least a BCS birth (most likely). Funny thing is…how many times have bad A&M teams beaten good Texas teams? Doesn’t matter. Won’t happen this year.
3) Texas Tech (10-1, 6-1) vs. Baylor – Tech is going to be plenty pissed off, as Baylor comes to town this week. The Raiders haven’t had to bounce back from anything this year, so it will be interesting to see how they will do. Robert Griffin is just good enough to make you pay for sleepwalking…just as Tech did against mediocre teams in Nevada and Nebraska. Which one shows up? My guess is, the one that throttled KU earlier in the year.
4) Oklahoma State (9-2, 5-2) vs. Oklahoma – Okie State has a lot on the line this weekend. Not only would they knock OU’s National Title hopes out the window…but an Okie State win would put a feather in the cap of Mike Gundy, who has done one gekk if a job this season. Unfortunately, I don’t think OSU has the horses to go up and down the field…but if Big Game Bob Stoops and his team are already looking toward Arrowhead, they could be in trouble. By far, the most interesting game of the weekend.
5) Baylor (4-7, 2-5) at Texas Tech – Baylor came pretty damn close to making a bowl this year, which is an absolute miracle if you think about it. Most of the team is back next year, as the Bears came just a few games short of being one of the Cinderella teams of the conference.
6) Texas A&M (4-7, 2-5) at Texas – The Sherman era is off to a roaring start this season. However, of all the rivalry games in America, this one seems to always be one of the craziest. There is some serious hatred between these two teams…but even the strongest effort in the world is going to be enough to stop Cold McCoy and company.