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College Football Preseason Top 25: #9 Oklahoma

August 2, 2010 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

Why They’re Here: Question marks abound for this Oklahoma team. Landry Jones is a big question mark at quarterback, but he’s not the biggest one. Gerald McCoy anchored this defense and Trent Williams anchored the offense. The importance of an all-American left tackle cannot be overstated and neither can that of an all-American defensive tackle. The skill players get all the glory, but it’s the big hogs down in the trenches that really define a team and make the difference between greatness and mediocrity. I’ve never known a Bob Stoops team not to reload, but he lost some once-in-a-lifetime big boys this offseason.

The Good: Oklahoma returns nine starters from last season. Getting Landry Jones gametime experience last year turned out to not be so great, but that was last season. That bodes very well for this season. You can’t replicate the intensity of the fourth quarter on the road against Oklahoma State or against Texas in the Red River Rivalry. The kid has now gone through it, taken his lumps and lived to fight another day. As Kobe Bryant would say, he’s “battle tested,” and a battle tested quarterback is an absolute necessity in the Big 12.

The Bad: In addition to losing two big, beefy hosses in Williams and McCoy to the NFL, Stoops will also have to replace RB Chris Brown and TE Jermaine Gresham on offense. On defense, the Sooners only return four guys who started last year, and two of them are on the D-line, which will be a big question without McCoy. Also, Landry Jones was nobody’s Sam Bradford last year. With a full offseason and spring as the team’s leader behind him, he’s all out of excuses if this team doesn’t win.

The Last Word: Stoops is an excellent recruiter and he brought in a top 5 class this offseason that included not one, not two, but three four-star defensive tackles. With his penchant for finding freshman gems, I doubt there will be a significant drop off in talent. I expect this team to reload and be back to national prominence. Folks in Norman don’t take too kindly to appearances in the Sun Bowl. Don’t be surprised if they are squarely in the hunt for the national championship this season. But that all – and I do mean all – depends on Landry Jones.

Final Record: 12-2

Everything NOT so OK in Oklahoma!

September 6, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

The opening weekend of the 2009 College Football season, like most opening weekends, was filled with many surprises… a knockout right cross in Boise, a game saving interception in Columbus and a Syracuse loss in overtime. Okay, so that last one wasn’t very surprising. But the biggest surprise of all Saturday came in Dallas where #3 Oklahoma was stunned by #20 BYU, 14-13. Some will say the Cougs only prevailed due to the loss of defending Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford.

Bradford was lost for the 2nd half when BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson hit him and drove him to the turf, with both players landing on Bradford’s right side. Backup Quarterback Landry Jones (do you think he was named after Tom Landry) took over for the remainder of the game while Bradford stood on the sidelines, his shoulder wrapped in ice, cheering the Sooners on.

Though Sam did his best to inspire his teammates by screaming at them Tim Tebow style, it just didn’t work. In the end, Max Hall stole the show and delivered a touchdown pass with three minutes remaining to add further fuel to the fire that the Mountain West is the real deal.

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