Longhorns Stun Sooners in Red River Upset

*** This is an emergency bulletin from the Norman Oklahoma national weather service; There is a flash flood warning for the next 365 days as there will be tons of Sooner tears falling into the river after today’s stunning upset***

Stun OUIf you still haven’t heard the news today, then you must have been living under a rock… Because there was an Oklahoma breakdown today in historic Cotton Bowl stadium courtesy of the Texas Longhorns. It was a win for the ages for the Longhorns, who have not been playing good this season.

From the opening kickoff, you just had a sense the Longhorns were fired up and wanted to prove all the “naysayers” wrong. There have been a lot of questions and concerns from the 40 Acres after the TCU blowout. But while everyone across the country, even most Texas faithful, had Oklahoma picked to win, the team on the field believed they could beat the 10th ranked Sooners. Continue reading

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Big XII race is wide open

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This weekend will be a pivotal weekend in the Big XII as there are two match-ups between ranked teams and one match up of two teams poised to make the playoffs. These two games could have a big bearing on the conference race as well as the playoff race.

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The great pasta incident at Oklahoma

Oklahoma SoonersNews broke yesterday about the University of Oklahoma reporting minor sanctions to the NCAA, without hearing the story at first thought; it was because of something a coach or booster could have done. But once the story was fully released, it was about some football players eating too much pasta during a graduation banquet. Wait…what?!?!?!? Continue reading

Sooners look to climb back on top

The Oklahoma Sooners are coming off a cotton bowl thrashing at the hands of Texas A&M and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel, which I am sure everyone from Norman would rather soon forget. But with a new season come new challenges and new expectations. This year Oklahoma has been pushed into the underdog role with experts focusing on Oklahoma State as the top dog in the Big XII. But don’t count the Sooners out; they are looking to regain their stranglehold on the Big XII.

This year the Sooners will be breaking in a new starting quarterback, but of the four quarterbacks on the roster each of them has seen some playing time. Junior Blake Bell looks to be the starter favored this season, which most will know him as the short yardage guy from last year. It will be interesting to see if he can live up to the shoes left by Sam Bradford and Landry Jones.

Also this year they will be showing some “new blood” at the running back position, but returning senior Damien Williams will be the main guy and looks to crest 1,000 yards after falling about 60 yards shy last season. The one big question mark for the Sooners offense will be their Receiving corps, but they do have two returning seniors in Jalen Saunders and Jaz Reynolds. If those two can carry the brunt and get help, then the Sooners may be able to match last year’s production. Protecting Bell won’t be much of an issue because the Sooners return one of the best o-lines in the country this season, which should also help Williams get near that 1,000 yard mark.

The last taste of the Sooners defense was being shredded by the Aggies and this year they are hoping to fix that and keep other teams from hanging points on them with ease. Last year three of the last four games they played, the opponent scored over 40 points. They are going to have trouble keeping that down this year because they have a less experienced defensive line. They will rely mostly on their linebackers who return a little more experienced and hope to have better defensive stats than they did last season.

Much like the rest of the defense, the secondary is noticeably weaker and less experienced this season. But under Stoops, the Sooners have had luck turning a weak secondary into strength. Their best Cover corner, Senior Aaron Colvin returns this year and will look to be a shut down guy so the rest of the secondary can platoon the receivers and keep them from running free.

Overall I think the Sooners will be in the top of the Big XII again this year, but they have their work cut out for them with five or six potential games against ranked opponents away from home this year. Not to mention their final game of the year is Bedlam at Stillwater. This could be a rough year for the Sooners, or it could be a surprising year where they achieve greatness. Just know the Sooners will be in contention for the Big XII until the very end and could possibly be a quiet National Championship contender if things go their way. But unfortunately for the Sooners, the ranked teams and tough road games may prevent that this year.

8/31-Louisiana Monroe-W
9/7-West Virginia-W
9/14-Tulsa-W
9/28-At Notre Dame-L
10/5-TCU-W
10/12-Texas-L
10/19-At Kansas-W
10/26-Texas Tech-W
11/7-At Baylor-W
11/16-Iowa St.-W
11/23-At Kansas St.-L
12/7-At Oklahoma St.-L
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2013 Record: 8-4

 

Aggies eyeing SEC and National title in 2013

Aggies 2013-3Before I get started, let me first say that I am now eating a big ole helping of crow after the season the Aggies had. I was on the bandwagon with many people saying they would get embarrassed, and joining the SEC was just plain laughable. Well, The Aggies proved me wrong this year, they had an amazing season and gave us one of the most exciting players in all of college football.

After surprisingly destroying the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl, there is a lot to be said about this Texas A&M squad. All of it is good and it is scary to think a big portion of their roster will be returning in 2013, more experienced and hungrier than this year. The Aggies are only losing 18 players off their roster to graduation, don’t know if any juniors will apply for the draft, but that still leaves a lot of talent back for next season, and the biggest piece of all, Johnny Manziel is returning for his sophomore year. Let that sink in for a minute…he is only a sophomore!

After going  11-2(6-2) in their first season in the SEC and probably being one or two plays from another win and potential chance to have a shot at the SEC crown, they don’t have a lot of room for improvement going into 2013 except to win the SEC and possibly be in line for a National Title. Which can be a very attainable task with the amount of talent returning, plus looking at their schedule, it is mostly favorable.

Aggies 2013 schedule

  • Rice
  • Sam Houston State
  • Alabama
  • SMU
  • @ Arkansas
  • @ Ole Miss
  • Auburn
  • Vanderbilt
  • UTEP
  • Mississippi State
  • @ LSU
  • @ Missouri

Four road games, two road, four home, two road is how the season breaks down for the Aggies and most of their toughest games are at

Aggies 2013-2

home, the only real road game that could be tough is at LSU. But that doesn’t mean the Aggies can rest and expect season number two to be easier. This year they surprised everyone, next year they will have a target on their backs. Losing coordinator Kliff Kingsbury will hurt, Johnny Manziel will also have a tougher year because everyone will know what he is capable of and be ready to key in on him.

Going into 2013, I would put them as one of the early favorites to compete and possibly win the conference. But don’t count them out for a National Championship hunt either. The Aggies are beginning to prove they are the best team in Texas right now, and possibly one of the best in the country.

Whether you are a fan or not, it will be exciting to see what they can do going forward and it will be fun to see if Manziel can capture a 2nd Heisman trophy.