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Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:35 pm

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Is Kansas State this bad or is Oklahoma this desperate for BCS love?

The Sooners, despite a blowout win here, is in full scramble mode. Oklahoma started the day No. 9 in the BCS. It needs help. Lots of it. That loss to Texas Tech still stinks like a varmint that crawled up into the attic and died.

The Sooners can say all the nice things about still pursuing a Big 12 title but even that looks like a risky proposition.

They may not even be the dominant team in the conference. That designation probably belongs to Oklahoma State which routed Baylor and remains, you may have noticed, undefeated. The Dec. 3 game that once looked like a national semifinal, now looks like a Cowboy steppingstone to New Orleans.

Oklahoma smashed K-State and impressed no one who saw the Texas Tech game.  It may have rebounded here from an inexplicable loss. Ryan Broyles may have set the Big 12 career receiving record. Landry Jones may have set the school passing record. The Sooners may have kept their slim BCS championship hopes alive but is it all too late?

These Wonder Cats saw their undefeated season end but not for lack of effort. They picked off Oklahoma’s Landry Jones twice. They rallied from a 14-0 deficit to score 17 consecutive points. They don’t have the athletes to match up with Oklahoma but it’s still a program with possibilities, with a future.

The coach is only in his third year. Never mind that he’s 72. Oklahoma won easily? Big deal. That’s what it was supposed to do. That Texas Tech loss remains an F on the Oklahoma season report card.

If we’re going to let go of K-State for this season, let’s remember them for how they got it done.

Take this slice of Wildcat life: In scoring 17 unanswered points to take a three-point first-half lead , Kansas State’s quarterback 1) lost a shoe while running for a first down, 2) a Flea Flicker turned into an Oklahoma pass interference penalty 3) a reverse netted 10 yards and 4) that shoeless quarterback imitated Michigan’s Shoelace.

Only his mother and college football sabermaticians know that Klein came into the game second in quarterback rushing to Michigan’s Denard Robinson. In starting a rally from 14 down, Klein swept around on left end for 11 yards but not before the quarter lost his left shoe while running out of bounds.

That’s in everyone’s playbook, right?

It was fun for a while, until Oklahoma woke up from the worst six quarters of its season and scored 44 in a row on the Wildctats. K-State isn’t all there yet. It got to 7-0 with a combination of pluck, luck, trick plays and Snyder’s magic. It was a victim of a better team on Saturday.

Based on Saturday more questions have to be asked: How did Kansas State get to 7-0? Also worth asking, how is Oklahoma not still undefeated?

Category: NCAAF

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:03 pm

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

The problem for OU is the loser of the LSU-Bama game will probably stay in front of OU in the ranking. ( u lost to an avg TT team, the loser of the LSU-Bama game will have lost to the #1 team )

Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:07 am

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

Just another idiot OU hater.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:33 am

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

And Texas Tech was beaten today. Get rid of polls and rankings because any team can beat another on any given day PERIOD!

Since: Aug 15, 2010
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:31 am

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

dodd, you dont know dick about football obviously. ou has never been, and will never be, A stepping-stone to anyone in college football especially the chokin pokes from stillwater. try checking some facts on the history of this series and maybe even your ignorant ass will understand why the pokes will be an undefeated underdog, at home, against ou and will indeed choke away another chance at the divine right to be called a champion. the name sooner is synonymous with the word champion!!! look it up, douchebag!!!! btw, shouldnt you have played a sport before publishing a supposedly educated opinion about it?????? back to dungeons and dragons for you!!!!

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:08 am

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

Dodd continues to try to piss people off so he can have people talking about him.  OU did what they needed to do and win big against a good KSU team. They will need a lot of help to get into the national title game but you can not win it all back in the next week.  OU still has to play solid against A&M, Baylor, and OSU as well as not looking past ISU.  OU has a team that is capable of making a run but Landry Jones will have to play much better and Finch will have to step up with the injury to Whaley.  By the way, I am not happy with OU losing to Tech for one new-found reason...and that is the fact that I am now cheering for USC in overtime over stanford. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:22 pm

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

Dodd always has been and always will be a Big XII / OU hater.  Every chance he can get to trash talk about the conference or the team, he'll take it.  Interesting enough...his story seems a little premature.  Now that K-State has lost, Clemson pretty much is done, and Stanford looks to be another fallen team, then OU is very close to being in the top 5 in rankings again very soon.  Oregon is the only 1-loss team ahead of them in the BCS and the computers like OU better than Oregon.

When LSU and Alabama play next weekend, then the loser falls below OU in the rankings....  That leaves either LSU or Alabama as #1, OSU #2, BSU #3 and OU/Oregon #4 & #5.   Suck on that, Dodd!   

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:10 pm

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

You are probably the most biased reporter/writer I have ever encountered.

The object is to be impartial, fair and honest - as in genuine...not sharing your troll-like opinion. We get it - you're an SEC diehard fan. Period. You don't like ALL SEC teams though - only those who are doing the best (in your opinion.)

You are a disgrace to reporting. You are fearful of the Big 12 - specifically OU...afraid they will deatroy your dream team.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:08 pm

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

With KSU beaten, Clemson losing bad, and Stanford in danger OU has a chance to get back in the chase.  They need a lot of help from teams in front, and a big win against what will be #2 OSU on the road to cap the season...but its not impossible. 

To answer the question, a   big road win against a ranked opponent always matters!  Congrats to OU for getting back on track!

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:00 pm

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

Pretty boring article. There was really no point to it.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:03 pm

Oklahoma looks great but does it matter?

They can't get it all back in one week, dude!  For sure they are skating on thin ice, but it looks like they will move from #9 to #7 after this weekend if GTech takes care of business in the second half.  They control their destiny against OkSt, keep moving up one rung each week and anything is possible.  The biggest hurdles are climbing over Boise State since they play cupcakes and won't lose, and the loser of Alabama/LSU unless one of them blows out the other.  One step at a time, see what happens.

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