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Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:16 am
Edited on: October 23, 2011 1:29 pm

And you thought Adam James was merely a character in a Mike Leach novel.

Turns out the son of Craig James is one son of a guns up in the clutch. When last seen on the college football landscape almost two years ago the privileged, mouthy Texas Tech receiver was getting “locked” in a “shed”, helping get his coach, Mike Leach, fired.

Turns out, Adam can wreck more than careers. His five catches helped bring down No. 1 Oklahoma (coaches’ poll) in the season’s biggest upset, 41-38. Who saw that coming? Not those of us who thought the defenseless Red Raiders could cover the four-touchdown spread. Not Oklahoma which watched its 39-game home winning streak end. Not Bob Stoops who had last lost at home in the 2005 opener. That loss to TCU was fallout from the Big Red Motors scandal.

This one just left the Sooners red-faced. It possibly wrecked Oklahoma’s national title hopes. The polls and BCS are not likely to view favorably a home loss to a team Oklahoma hadn’t lost to 15 years.

In the immediate aftermath, we have some drama at the top for the first time this season. BCS No. 3 (Oklahoma) and No. 6 (Wisconsin) BCS lost. The biggest beneficiaries seem to be Oklahoma State and Boise State. The Cowboys will likely move up to No. 3 in the latest BCS standings on Sunday. Okie State is Oklahoma Light no more. It remains in control of its own destiny after a convincing win over Missouri.

Meanwhile, Boise State – remember the Broncos? – could move up to No. 4 in the BCS. While Boise’s win over Air Force wasn’t convincing, there are only eight undefeated teams remaining with six weeks left in the season. Two of them are additional BCS hopefuls Clemson and Stanford, other big winners from Saturday.

It was quite a night – to reminisce – for Leach. Two of his former players helped knock off the Sooners, something he did three times in 10 tries. Adam James justified his scholarship catching five passes for 75 yards. James came into the game with seven catches all season and 41 total in his checkered career. If you have to be reminded Leach has three lawsuits active in the aftermath of his firing at Tech, all of them stemming from his alleged mistreatment of Adam James.

Swing  Your Sword? James would like to take a swing at Craig James.

Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown had Leach as his position coach at Kentucky. The 31-year-old was hired away from Troy by Tommy Tuberville. Speaking of the  ol’ Riverboat Gambler, Tuberville got his biggest win since leaving Auburn. He was 5-2 against top five teams with the Tigers.

Perhaps Oklahoma could have used Keith Nichol. You know the former Oklahoma quarterback? That was sooo 2007 when Nichol spent a forgettable season in Norman before transferring to Michigan State where he once again became a forgettable quarterback.

Nichol, now a receiver, did what he never could at Oklahoma, score a winning touchdown. The fifth-year senior will go down as a Spartan for the ages after catching the winning touchdown against Wisconsin as time ran out.

“My heart,” said Spartan coach Mark Dantonio who recovered from a heart attack a year ago, “is racing.”

Michigan State’s win effectively took the Big Ten out of the national championship race but who cares? We’re all for a replay of this game which could come in the first Big Ten title game.

We also now have a more interesting national championship race. Someone is going to have to play the winner of LSU-Alabama. It is absolutely wonderful that we have less of an idea who that will be after Saturday.


 Early best guess on the BCS top five on Sunday


  1. LSU
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Boise State
  5. Stanford
Category: NCAAF

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:49 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Dude, they almost lost to Air Force.  Stanford is definitely moving ahead of them this week. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:48 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

I'm really sick of hearing about Mike Leach. Say what you will about Tuberville, he does what he says he will do. After he was hired, he gave an interview where he said he would beat Oklahoma. And he did. On the road. He said Tech would be relevant, which that win certainly puts them on a path for a bowl game. Nice first step, Tech.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:34 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

The difference between OU and BS is OU at least plays a credible schedule.  BS may be a good team, but they don't play a schedule credible to be in the BCS discussion.
I hate OU with a passion though, love the loss that takes them out of contention most likely, but anything can happen in the next 6 weeks.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:53 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

It seems like I remember that Air Force gave Oklahoma fits in Norman as well, they almost knocked off the mighty Sooners, I believe the final score was 24-27 or something quite similar.  So I wouldn't get too high and mighty.  I for one have trouble calling a team made up of America's finest, young men who submit to a schedule far more demanding than anything at a regular university, and then commit to a career protecting our nation, yes, I will never call a military academy a "nobody."  Anyone who does should be ashamed to be an American.

Those fine young men have sworn an oath and risk their lives to protect your right to be an internet moron, dude.  Shame on you.

Now, on to my dear friends who are waking up this morning and contemplating that bad defeat.  Seems like last year, a whole bunch of Oklahoma fans were lambasting Boise St. for having missed two chip shot field goals that could have iced away a game.

How does the shoe feel on the other foot this morning?  Sorry, couldn't resist that one.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:31 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Really, Dodd.  Why do you have to talk about Texas Tech and that jackass Leach at the same time?  Why can't Texas Tech savor its "meaningful" upset without paragraphs devoted to that jerk?  Why can't Tech's win be something out of a Tommy Tuberville thriller novel or a Bob Stoops gothic horror novel, which would be better ways to describe it?  You seem to have this thing for lost causes like Leach and Zook, in your never-ending quest to prove that you are so wise and all-seeing about certain things - as long as they occur off the field, because God help you, if you had to write about a real football game. 

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:28 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

We do too, so we can "kick" Boise's rear!!  They play no one every year while the elite of the SEC play touch schedules year end and year out.  And if that SEC can survive their schedule without getting totally "beat" up, they do JUST FINE, in the national championship game.  Try another excuse for Boise's mediocrity scheduling.  The only futility to your position it YOU thinking Boise belongs at the same table as a top SEC team when it comes to the national championship.  What a joke!!

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:54 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

Hey Genius, the SEC has won 7 of the 12 National Championships since the BCS was instituted and have won the last 5, make that 6 in a row after this year. 

To say that the SEC = Schedule Easy Competition only shows your ignorance.

The SEC is the best conference in the nation because of who they have to play in the conference so who cares about OOC.  Their regular season is 10x as difficult as anyone elses.  You going to tell me that LSU playing Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, South easy and if they had a harder OOC schedule you would accept them?  Get a life.

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:45 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

College football needs an SEC undefeated vs Boise in a title game.  After Boise loses 70-0 against the winner of the November 5th title game in the BCS championship, maybe then the national uprising will be great enough to get rid of this stupid system and implement a playoff.  I'm a Big 10 fan, but glad Wiscy lost.  Ok State will lose, and then just need Stanford to drop.  This whole entire system is a joke, need a National Embarrassment Game to maybe finally push things to a playoff.  Nov 5th Winner vs Boise would be perfect to finally move things towards a real system where the best teams have to play through each other for a National Championship. (like every other friggin sport that friggin exists.)

Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:21 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

 Boise had their hands full with a mediocre Air Force team today. I bet LSU and Bama would be shaking in their boots. BTW, a list of SEC OOC opponents this year. Oregon, WVU, Texas A&M, Boise ST, Clemson (twice), Georgia Tech, Florida State, Penn State, BYU. That's just off the top of my head. Not too shabby. If Boise wants a seat at the big boy table from a small conference, scheduling one tough nonconference game isn't going to get it done. The scrubs that you scoff the SEC for scheduling is similar to Boise's entire conference schedule. Let's see how Boise does when they have to squeeze that tough Georgia game that they think validates their entire season in between trips to LSU and Alabama. Go unbeaten with that, then I'll be impressed. Until then, they will just have to hope the stars align for them to eke in, because other teams who have to run gauntlets tough conferences will always rate ahead.

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 6:18 am

Finally, a meaningful upset; Tech over Oklahoma

The season is far from over. Many teams still have many interesting opponents to play.  LSU and Alabama will play in two weeks. LSU still have to play Arkansas. A lof of things can happen. SEC probably will have one team in the BCS NC game. SEC potentially have a conference champ with one loss.  Stanford still have Oregon on their schedule and then conference championship. They could falter later. Clemson still have some tough games.  Oklahoma State still have to play Oklahoma and OU will play tough from now on since they lost and will take revenge on all the teams that they will play from now on.  If they do, the Big 12 may lose out on the BCS NC.  The Big 10 is out of the BCS NC as of now.  The Pac 12 has an inside track as they are another AQ conference. But if Stanford has one loss, Boise State will be in the best position to cash in.
Boise State has a cream puff of a schedule and probably will go undefeated.
If Boise goes undefeated and everyone else has a one loss, then they probably will go to the BCS NC game. People may not like it since they have a cream puff of a schedule, but Chris Peterson knows how to prepare his team to play in the big game and it will be interesting to see how Boise State will fare. It will be entertaining for sure.

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