Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Lose At TAMU
Win at CU
Win hosting ISU
Win at TT
Win hosting Baylor
Lose at Texas
Win at Nebraska
Lose hosting TAMU
Win at Oklahoma State
Win hosting Mizzou
That would leave the Sooners with a 21-9 record, going 9-5 in conference play. Winning in Lubbock and Stillwater is a bit optimistic, but losing to TAMU in Norman is equally less predicatble. If the above holds form, the Sooners would likely have a first round bye in the Big 12 tourney, and likely at least one W in the conference tourney. Sagarin rates the Big 12 as the second best conference right now. So, we're looking at 22-10 going into Selection Sunday, with an over .500 record in a premier conference.
I like the Sooners chances of making the NCAAs with that, and I have to admit I wouldn't have expected that at the beginning of the season.
If you're interested in how a host of different computer rankings rate the Sooners, check out Kenneth Massey's site at http://www.mratings.com/cb/compare.htm
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
- Buy Oklahoma State season FB tickets
- Sell the season opener game (Missouri State!) to unsuspecting Pokes fan for face value.
- Scalp the game against Troy to a Trojan fan. They'll be expecting to extend their dominance over the Pokes, so I'm sure they'll pay top dollar.
- Sell the Cash Machine U game tickets to Aggie fans.
- Give the Baylor/Okie State tix to my pastor, claim as charitable donation on 2008 tax return.
- Sell Iowa State tickets to Boone State fan. It's homecoming. Personal observation is homecoming events are big at schools where the football team stinks.
- Donate Houston / OSU tix to Big Brothers.
- Sell OU tickets to Sooner fan for top dollar.
Serioiusly, someone (or someones) will be crazy enough to do the above. I think the Pokes have just given up home field advantage. Time will tell.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Longar Longar continues to be a monster. It's amazing what happens when you actually coach BASKETBALL PRACTICE, as opposed to rebounding drills and exhortations to "be tough". Longar led the team in assists with 4, had 13 points and 5 boards.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Maybe he could open up a shop in Austin to help the Longhorn offenders?
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
We'll see if the Sooners can't fare better at the Ferrell Center on Saturday.
John Connor (98-99) - limited playing time as a Sooner, but as you can see here, was only in his early teens at the time. Clearly with lots of post Sooner upside, he is poised to be the leader of the Human Rebellion.
Josh Heupel - (QB, 99-00) All-American as a Sr, led the Sooners to 14-0 perfect season in 2000. Held most passing records for the Sooners, in spite of being a JuCo transfer until Jason White got his Ph.D. at OU in football.
Derrick White (DB, 84-87)- I remember Derrick as the DB that kept chasing Michael Irvin into the end zone. A few other folks ended up chasing Irvin, whether it was DBs or the po-po. White was a 7th round pick of the Minnesota Vikings.
Rod Pegues (QB, 78-82) - chosen by the New Jersey Generals in USFL's 1983 territorial draft. So he's got that going for him, which is nice. No mention of Mr. Pegues in the Sooner record book.
Hunter Wall - (QB, 01-02) - QB from Coppell, America. Was kicked off team after redshirt freshman season. Highlight of the short career was 33 yard TD pass reception off of a fake punt against Kansas State in 2001. It was a genius call by Stoops that I cannot find on YouTube. Wall was kicked off the team in fall of 2002.
Sam Bradford - (QB, 06-present) led nation in passing efficiency as a redshirt freshman in 07and broke My Little Pony's record for most TD passes by a freshman.
While some of our readers may be surprised - dare I say shocked - at such a thing going on, I can assure you that back in Switzer's day, if Switzer found out a recruit had a gymnast for a girlfriend, he would have contacted her. I'm sure several items would have come up during the scholarship offer. If you know what I mean. And I think you do.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
There are 124 colleges represented - and two players list no colleges - on the rosters of the conference finalists. However, no Sooners. 30 Sooners are listed on NFL rosters, but none on those 4 teams. Shippensbury University - home of the Raiders - has two alumni on the Packers team, and 32 colleges have 3 or more represented.
I don't know what that means, I'm just sayin'...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
If you recall, there was quite a bit of debate as to whether Young would be a viable NFL QB. This started during the insufferably long predraft season, and Hoge was quick to jump on the ‘Vince is awful’ bandwagon. There was a widely reported rumor that Vince scored a 6 on the Wonderlic test. In the book, Hoge recounted a behind the scenes story from an NFL scout who told that when Vince was first told he had to take a Wonderlic test, Vince showed up with a cigar, bottle of champagne and wearing nothing but a satin robe. He was quite dismayed to find out he actually needed a pencil.
Hoge continues to take VY to task over his passing stats. Hoge even compares Young to Chicago Bears whipping boy rex Grossman. "Over the past two years, Grossman is 387-705, 27 TDs and 27 INTs and 14 fumbles. Young is 422-739 for 21 TDs and 30 INTs and 22 fumbles. Rex lost his job, but VY is considered a hero and a winner. I just don't get it."
Saturday, January 19, 2008
It remains to be seen how the Sooners will fare on the road in a tough Big 12 South, but they'll need to escape with a win or two away from Lloyd Noble to capture the attention of the NCAA selection committee.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The Sooners announced their 08 schedule the other day. Here's a quick preview.
- Aug 30 - UT-Chattanooga - reeling after TO's departure, the final nail in the Mossacin's coffin was the departure of Flower Mound Marcus Marauder Chris Sanders. Should be 100 degrees for the game. Pretty sure the Sooners start out with a W here.
- Sep 6 - Cincinnati - I'm not sure when the Sooners first scheduled this game, but they probably weren't expecting this to be a formidable foe when they put this one on paper. The Bearcats finished the year 10-3 in 2007. They lost to West Virginia 28-23. They lose their starting QB, Ben Mauk (xfer from Wafe Forest). The Sooners play well at home, so I'm predicting a W in this one.
- Sep 13 - at Washington - Husky boosters are offering money to fire Willingham. The Sooners were threatening last year to back out of the game due to atrocious Pac 10 officiating. Oh, and there'll be a football game. Jake Locker will be healthy, and hopefully the Sooners will ahve a secondary by then. The Sooners are no great shakes on the road, but I expect the Huskies to continue to do nothing, and the Sooners will get a W here.
- Sep 27 - TCU - fortunately, we have two weeks to prepare for the Horned Frogs. TCU dominated the Sooners in Norman in 05; we'll see if the Sooners can avenge the defeat. The early draft departures have really depleted the Sooners. If TCU figures out how to utilize Andy Dalton, or Marcus Jackson figures out how to throw, the Sooners are in for a battle here.
- Oct 4 - at Baylor - the Sooners travel to Waco to introduce themselves to Art Briles aerial circus. Sooners are 17-0 against Baylor, and I don't expect that streak to stop in 2008.
- Oct 11 - Texas in Dallas - this one is always interesting, and 08 shouldn't be any different. The Longhorn O-line will be more experienced in 08, and if Mack and Major can keep the kids out of jail over the summer, the Horns could get a W here.
- Oct 18 - Kansas - this is not your father's Kansas football team.
- Oct 25 - at Kansas State - the Wildcats have been Jekyll and Hyde under Ron Prince.
- Nov 1 - Nebraska - I doubt Pellini will refer to the Sooners as #@!$#! Hillbillies. I also doubt Bo will be able to turn the Bugeaters around in a year.
- Nov 8 - at Texas A&M - this has been a tough place to play for the Sooners. The Cash Machines have a new coach in Mike Sherman. He may decide to get the ball to Mike Goodson, and that could be trouble.
- Nov 15 - Texas Tech - the LandThieves will get a chance for payback against the Dust Pirates. With an entirely new secondary, they may not get it.
- Nov 29 - at Boone State - this will be the Pokes bowl game.With the casinos nearby in Pawnee, it's just like Shreveport.
I'm not bright enough to break each element of the game down, but with the Sooners losses on D, I can't imagine them really being ranked in the Top 5 like the early 2008 prognosticators have. Personally, I expect the Sooners to go 9-3, and win the Cotton or Holiday bowl.There are several games that pose challenges for the Sooners: Cincy, TCU, Texas, Kansas, at K-State, at A&M, hosting TT and traveling to Boone state. I just don't see a lot of gimmes there.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
And neither does Mack Brown. Mack hired Major Applewhite away from Bama, naming him Assistant Head Coach and Running Backs coach. Scuttlebutt in Tuscaloosa implies Major was overmatched as OC in the SEC. That may be true, but working on Nick Saban's staff is never going to make 'Top 100 Places to work". I anticipate Chris Simms being named Associate Head Coach next week.
Kansas D Coordinator Bill Young left the Jayhawks for a similar position at the U of Miami. Tough trade, Lawrence, KS for Coral Gables. Young was the D coordinator at OU the first two years of Blake's ill fated tenure, and served at Ohio State before that. They couldn't beat the SEC then, either.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The Womens BB team was dominated by the Boone State Cowgirls on Saturday. 'twas the first time the Sooner girls lost to OSU since 1999, covering seventeen games. Only one of the games since then was a single digit W. It was such a momentous occasion that Pistols Firing has a limerick about the Boone State W.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Mike Knall (P, 2006-07)
R.D. Lashar (K, 1987-90) - finished career 2nd all time points scorer at LandThieves U, behind some dude named Steve Owens
Damien Mackey (DB/WR, 1999-2001) - concussions sidelined Mackey. Friends with Roy Williams, and was the reason Roy came to Norman. Caught 62 balls for 652 yards and 5 scores.
Steve Sewell (WR/RB, 1981-84) - versatile player who led the Sooners in all-purpose yards his senior year; 5th highest game total of all purpose yards in 84 against KSU, Sewell had over 100 yards rushing and receiving in the game and totalled 295. I believe he's the only person to achieve that as a Sooner; 2nd highest total of receiving yards for a RB, behind Quentin Griffin. Sewell played in a supremely talented backfield, which included Buster Rhymes, Marcus Dupree and Stanley Wilson, Played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos.
Terrance White (DB, 1994-98) 16th in career tackles by a DB.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Illinois St beat
Youngstown St who beat
South Dakota St who beat
North Dakota St who beat
Central Michigan who beat
Toledo who beat
Iowa St who beat
Colorado who beat
I even demonstrated that in 2000, Abilene Christian University could beat Florida State.
It's a great tool for wasting time and creating confusion with arguments about college football. Enjoy!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Phog U - 241
Texas - 100
Cash Machine U - 305
Sooners - 215
Baylor - 300
Nebraska - 341
Kansas State - 245
Missouri - 224
Texas Tech - 169
Boone State - 210
Iowa State - 284
Colorado - 279
The Sooners have played 5 games against the top 50 per Sagarin, but managed to schedule enough cupcakes in the other 10 games to have the 215th hardest schedule. Most of the big schools are guilty of these shenanigans. It's a way to get to those 20 wins and stake a claim to the tourney, but it doesn't always work.
Sagarin's ratings consider the Big 12 the second most difficult conference this season, and the Sooners are rated 27th. Let's hope that stays there, or improves.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero responded to the allegations. "Rick doesn't even have a phone yet. He hasn't done anything."
This reporter inquired further into rumors that Neuheisel's staff will include Jackie Sherrill and Lou Holtz. Guerroro replied, "I can't comment on rumors like that. I can tell you that Coach Holtz hasn't been accused of a single recruiting violation in three years, and Coach Sherrill has been clean for at least four years. I also can't comment on whether Jimmy Johnson has accepted the role of Director of Compliance."
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Offense: 8. Malcolm Kelly just declared for the NFL draft. He can catch anything, and we wish him well. We also lose Joe Jon Finley and Allen Patrick. These two guys have been great contributors for the Sooners, but they've also just taken reps from Jermaine Gresham and DeMarco Murray. So, IMO, that's effectively 10 starters returning. Not a real problem there. If I may digress, Colt McCoy suffered more than anyone expected during his sophomore year primarily because he lost three lineman to the NFL. Barring an ill-advised early declaration for the draft, the Sooners will return all 5 o-line starters, and as a result, I don't anticipate Bradford suffering from the sophomore slump.
Defense: 7. We take some shots on defense. We lose D-lineman Alonzo Dotson, LB Lewis Baker, DBs Marcus Walker and DJ Wolfe. If Granger gets out of the doghouse - I mean big house -, we should return a very good defensive line. Clearly, Curtis Lofton will need some help at LB (Ryan Reynolds will be year two after knee surgery, so that should help). In the defensive backfield, the Sooners will be young next year. Assuming Reggie Smith returns, that leaves Reggie and Nic Harris as the elder statesmen of the group. Harris as your seasoned DB scares me. I love the intensity and the way he hits, but I also believe that he epitomizes the challenges that the Sooner D seems to have in big games of late...the unchanneled intensity results in overpursuit, poor tackle angles, and an overzealousness toward stuffing the run that leaves the back of the field exposed unnecessarily.
Special Teams: The Sooners lose PK Garrett Hartley, as well as one of the punters, Mike Cohen. Coehn was the stronger of the two punters (Knall was the short field punter). Hartley will most likely be replaced by budding gymnast Jimmy Stevens, a 5-5, 147 lb behemoth from Heritage Hall HS in Oklahoma City who was a Parade All American. Allen Patrick was one of our kick returners, but when Murray was healty, Murray split time with Iglesias, and both return.
Coaching: For now, the Sooners have only lost Kevin Sumlin, Co-Offensive coordinator and WR coach. A replacement for Sumlin or reshuffling of the coaching staff has not been announced. Many internet pundits are stumping for Heupel to take another step up. This may be premature, and it also doesn't solve your need to have someone to be the position coach for the WRs. IMO, the Heupel's time can best be served by continuing to coach and mentor Halzle, Bradford, and Nichol. Many folks are stumping for the staff to be shaken up after another poor bowl showing, but who are you going to get rid of? Who's the problem? We can't bring in Bo Pelini now, and while Kevin Cosgrove is available, I don't think we want him. B Orange mentioned Mack Brown asking other coaches about their bowl prep, and that it's tough to see Stoops doing that. I find it difficult for the LandThieves crystal ball to project a clear image of the HeadVisor going around Visor in hand asking other folks about how they prepare for games. I do think Stoops is enough of a competitor that he'll rethink it in some form or fashion.
Here's a small sampling of the way too early projections for 2008, as far as Oklahoma goes:
Stewart Mandel, SI.com, 3rd.
Mark Schlaback, espn.com, 2nd
Ok, I didn't think it was going to be that small. Didn't find anything on the MSNBC site or the Sportsline site; USA Today sez we'll be "in the mix" for the national title.
A genius on MSNBC, a gent named John Tamanaha wrote, while predicting Ohio State would be in the national champ game, "you’d be hard pressed to find a returning group better than quarterback Todd Boeckman, tailback Chris “Beanie” Wells and wide receivers Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline." Well, I would take Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and two members of the Spirit Squad, for starters. Since Quentin Chaney and J Iglesias are already on the team, I'll stick with them, I guess.
Ramonce Taylor Award for Criminal Mischief - Rashaan Norwood, Kansas State. There were several notable nominees from Texas, as well as Ryan Broyles managing to steal his way into a redshirt year and DeMarcus Granger releasing a coat on its own recognizance in Phoenix, but I decided I had to go with Norwood. Two arrests in one day just shows that ability to take your game to the next level that many don't display.
Best Game Plan in an Embarrassing Loss, sponsored by the Joe Dickinson Foundation- Ron English, Michigan vs Appalachian State.
Worst Defensive Performance in a Bowl Game, sponsored by Kevin Cosgrove - (tie) Oklahoma Sooners vs West Virginia, Bowling Green vs Tulsa. I would have given this to the Falcons on the sheer numbers, but their offense gave Tulsa several short fields. West Virginia had to "earn" their 48 points.
Best Sideline Apparel by a Head Coach - Mark Mangino, Kansas vs Texas A&M
Outstanding Donor Correspondence, sponsored by Bad Idea Jeans - Dennis Franchione, the VIP Connection.
John Blake Award for Shuffling Quarterbacks in a Season - Guy Morriss, Baylor. Didn't really work that well for him either. There's that old saying that says, "If you have two quarterbacks, you don't have any." New saying, "If you have five quarterbacks, you have a lot of free time in your future."
Seth Littrell Award for Slow White Guy Scoring a TD - Owen Schmitt, West Virginia vs Oklahoma
Jerry Rice Clutch Grab of the Year - Allen Mike Beckett, Oklahoma City.
Worst Tackling Technique - Lance Brandenburgh, Nebraksa vs Missouri.
Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf Award for Excellence in Media Relations - Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State vs Jenni Carlson
LandThieves Player of the Year Award - John David Weed, Baylor. JDW did not get to play much this year, but I had a lot of fun at his expense. I believe the combination of new Baylor coach Art Briles and a little bit of Weed will ignite the Baylor offense in 2008.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Howard Schnellenberger, 1983
Joe Paterno, 1986
Dennis Erickson, 1989 and 1991
Bobby Bowden, 1993 and 1999
Steve Spurrier, 1996
Phil Fulmer, 1998
Bob Stoops, 2000
Nick Saban, 2003
Pete Carroll, 2004
Mack Brown, 2005
Urban Meyer, 2006
Getting to that second one puts you in rare company.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Second, here's an interesting item on the RR lawsuit. I've been following that with a little bit of morbid fascination and haven't commented on it. I'm rooting hard for WV to win this. I think if the coaches - whether it's RR or our own HeadVisor - want the security of the multi-million dollar long term deal, millions more thrown into facilities, free tix for coaches and books for kids so that every obstacle is paved over so they can recruit, the coaches need to abide by their end of the deal also.
Now back to work.
On to various thoughts I had during the game.
- If I never saw another Prison Break preview, I would be fine.
- The sideline reporter was wearing WVU colors, which I thought was a nice touch.
- Fox is awful doing college sports. The teams in the booth have no chemistry. There should be some sort of requirement of the BCS broadcasters that they use teams that have worked together throughout the season. I'd never heard of the dude doing play-by-play. I've seen Donahue do studio work. Pat Haden, lackey for NDBC, hadn't seen that much offense all year.
- OU has an All-American left guard, Duke Robinson, flanked by a 350 pound mountain named Phil Loadholt. We ran right ALL NIGHT. I don't know who is on that side of the 'eer defense, or if they were just loading up that side to force us to the right, but it worked.
- The onside kick was not a good call. Completely killed the momentum...we'd had two three and outs defensively to start the half. WVU's onside recovery not only recovered the ball, but it recovered the momentum and OU never got it back.
- I've begun to despise two point conversions. I disagreed with both choices.
- The Sooners alloweed 349 yard rushing. 8.9 yards per carry. Even if you take out the 4TD runs totalling 169 yards, the 'eers gained 4 per carry on the other 35 runs.
- The Sooners have now lost four straight BCS games.
- Stoops teams just don't play the favorite that well. I don't know why, but if the opposition says something to disprespect the Sooners, or if the foes higher ranked, Stoops can work with that. But an underdog that keeps their mouth shut seems to end up with the advantate.
- I thought Brody Eldridge made a phenomenal catch, but it didn't matter.
- The Sooners had 13 penalties for 115 yards. That's unbelieavable. Several of the penalties negated positive plays. I'd love to say the refs jobbed us, but there were at least two blatant holding calls that the stripes missed.
- Quentin Chaney played well tonight, subbing for an injured Malcolm Kelly.
- I thought Devine's two TD scampers were where I saw the impact most clearly of an injured Reggie Smith and an ineligible Lendy Holmes. Both times DBs overran the play and allowed Devine to cut back for scores. That young man is talented, you don't need to help him out like that.
- As poorly as the Sooners played in the first half, I thought they were in good shape to be down ONLY 20-6 at half. I thought it could have easily been more than that. And it was later.
- The Sooners are 1-3 at the Fiesta Bowl, with their last victory coming in 1976. Old timers will remember the loss in 82 to the Sun Devils. Marcus Dupree was running wild until he pulled a hamstring/blew a tire.
- The Sooners have been notoriously slow starters in bowl games of late. The last time the Sooners led at halftime of a bowl game was 2002 at the Rose Bowl against Washington State.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Moonshine Production: West Virginia
Suing former coaches for millions: West Virginia
Embracing past coaches who brought us years of probation: Oklahoma
Overall Edge: Oklahoma. West Virginia, aside from the moonshine thing, seems to be a fairly law abiding place. You can’t win like that people! West Virginia thinks coaches should honor contracts. Oklahoma thinks tables should be elevated, so it’s easier to pass payments under them.
Official football elements review:
Running game: West Virginia. Sooners will be hampered somewhat by Granger’s bus ride.
Passing game: Oklahoma. Bradford is the leading passer in the country. West Virginia’s pass defense is ranked 12th in the country. The best passing attack the Mountaineers faced this year was…Marshall.
Defense: Oklahoma. West Virginia allows fewer points, and gives up fewer yards. They’ve also only played one team with a top 25 offense. OU has played four games against top 10 offenses. The WV defense does a good job of creating turnovers. Which may help them stay in this game.
Intangibles: Oklahoma. We have a head coach and you don’t.
Prediction: Sooner W.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
- Kept up with my personal finances
- Spent time with my daughters
- Spent time with my wife
- Read the Bible more regularly
- Finished that back yard deck project
- Figured out that lack of electricity in the storage shed thing
- Cleaned my office
- Fixed my 9.5 foot basketball goal
- Got Christmas cards out on time
Happy New Year to All!