The one where CeeDee Lamb ran wild for the Sooners and a college student got lost

Back in 2019, the Sooners sacked Sam Ehlinger 9 times and CeeDee Lamb dominated. Afterwards, a young college student had an interesting time navigating his way out of the Dallas Fairgrounds

Red River week is always a fun time for the Sooners. Well, it usually is anyway. This week, there’s been a cloudy, dour feeling hanging over the campus. I had to sit in class and listen to my fellow students say the Sooners “we’ll be lucky to keep it close.”

Oh, how far we have fallen in a few short weeks. Ladies and gentlemen, I realize how dire it looks right now, but please, have some pride. Have faith.

Anyway, during Texas week, I’m always reminded of my first, and only, time heading to the Cotton Bowl to experience the Red River Showdown in person. The game was great. It was very entertaining to watch. My experience getting there? Not so much.

The year was 2019. I was in my freshman year of college, and Jalen Hurts had lead the Sooners to a 5-0 start heading into the game against Texas. Wearing my crimson Baker Mayfield jersey, I made my way to the Cotton Bowl

After a polite and thoughful conversation with a few UT students on the steps leading to the stadium, I slowly but surely made my way to the upper deck. The great divide of crimson and burnt orange in the stands is something you need to see in person. It’s quite a sight.

I picked quite the game to go to that year.

CeeDee Lamb was just better than everyone else on the field that day. No one on the Texas defense could even touch him. The future Dallas Cowboys wide receiver dominated the Longhorns, scoring three touchdowns.

Sam Ehlinger was sacked nine times. I remember being amazed that he finished the game with how much of a beating he took against Alex Grinch’s defense.

When the game finally ended with an OU victory, I had to make my way home. This is where I had a bit of a problem.

I had gone down to the fairgrounds by myself on the light rail. I had no idea where I was going.

Fueled by a poor sense of direction and a dying iPhone, I got lost in the fairgrounds a few times before making my way to the train station. After waiting in a massive line, I finally got on the train to go home. I got off at the wrong stop, about 20 minutes from my house.

In defeat, I called an Uber and finally made it to my front door. Then I ran into another problem: the door was locked and I didn’t have my keys. Luckily, I had just enough power left on my phone to call my parents, whom I thought were still in the house. They were not.

I was instructed by my mom to go to Buffalo Wild Wings and get some dinner, on her. After spending the last few hours just trying to get home, I was extremely thankful.

And so, I had my usual order and enjoyed the rest of my evening watching more football. I got a much-needed ride home, and finally, I made it home.

A lot of the problems I ran into were probably self-inflicted, but I just couldn’t seem to catch a break making my way out of the stadium.

I’m sure one day I’ll try to go to this game again, but not for awhile. I had enough of the Cotton Bowl by the end of that day and I don’t think I could put myself through that again.

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Five Texas Longhorns to know in this year’s Red River rivalry

Taking a look at five key Texas Players to know ahead of the clash with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game.

In a year, Oklahoma and Texas’s annual date in Dallas looks incredibly different. There’s a new coach on Oklahoma’s sideline, and the quarterbacks that participated in the game a year ago transferred to different schools.

Here we are, preparing for another Red River Showdown, and for Texas, they seem like the much more stable team heading into the game. They don’t have the massive injury concerns Oklahoma does, and they’ve played pretty consistent football all season.

Texas enters with two losses. One was to Alabama in an incredible environment in Austin, going blow for blow with a college football heavyweight. Their second was a road loss to Texas Tech in overtime on by three points.

Oklahoma is in a rough spot right now and if they don’t show up ready to play, they could get blown out for the second straight week. Texas features some NFL-caliber skill players that can give the Oklahoma defense fits if unprepared.

For the uninitiated, we mapped out the five Texas players to know heading into the matchup.

5 things the Sooners need to do to beat the Longhorns

5 things that need to go right for the Oklahoma Sooners to pick up a win over the Texas Longhorns in Dallas.

For the first time in over a decade, the Oklahoma Sooners are not viewed as the better team heading into Red River. After back-to-back losses against conference opponents, OU is desperate for a win.

Brent Venables has a chance to save the season with a win in Dallas this weekend. There are a few problems, however, the Longhorns aren’t going to make it easy and the Sooners are reeling from several injuries to key players.

Despite those things, an upset is not out of the question. Here are five things the Sooners need to do to beat the Longhorns and quite possibly revive their season.

Stock Report: Jovantae Barnes on the rise up, defense continues downward slide

Taking a look at who’s stock is up and who’s stock is trending down following the loss to TCU.

Oklahoma’s odds of winning the national championship has dropped below 1%, so we can officially stash that hope away for next offseason. They still have an outside shot of playing for a Big 12 title, but for the rest of this season, it’s all about development. First-year head coach Brent Venables is experiencing adversity as the head man of a Power Five program as his team got rocked by TCU and is forced to overcome the injury bug.

Oklahoma doesn’t have its mojo. It began to unravel with the loss to Kansas State and was further undone by the thrashing TCU just gave them.

Things are not trending in the right direction for the Sooners. They’ve lost two in a row, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look at what is going right and wrong for Oklahoma in this very tough period.

‘Three quarterbacks taking reps’: Sooners QB situation a mystery heading into Red River Rivalry

WIth Dillon Gabriel’s status uncertain, the quarterback situation for the Oklahoma Sooners remains a mystery.

With Dillon Gabriel recovering from a concussion he suffered during the game against TCU, the Oklahoma Sooners are in a bit of a pickle. There isn’t another QB with starting experience at the division one level on the roster.

Given the current feelings on concussions in football and the lack of confirmation on Gabriel’s status, starting him just a week after sustaining a concussion doesn’t seem likely.

Brent Venables has not named a starting quarterback for this weekend.

“We’ll have three quarterbacks taking reps this week,” Venables said.

With so little experience on the depth chart, this is how it needs to be. Davis Beville didn’t look good against the Horned Frogs, but coming off the bench on the road is very difficult. With more reps in practice this week, Beville would be in a better position to run the offense should he be given the nod to start.

JUCO transfer General Booty is an interesting option. He put up great numbers at the JUCO level but has not thrown a pass this season. He’s an unknown quantity, even more so than Beville.

And then there’s Nick Evers. The four-star true freshman out of Flower Mound, Texas. Venables didn’t say much during his press conference, but he did speak highly of Evers’ improvement since coming to OU.

“We saw all that potential: throwing, running, decision making really come to fruition over the last several weeks.”

Evers improving so much is a very good thing, but making your first career start at the Cotton Bowl for Red River is a big ask. The same goes for Booty, who would also be making his first career start at the FBS level.

Beville, who would also be making his first career start, has been the No. 2 QB on this roster throughout the regular season. He has the most experience, albeit not very much. Unless Booty or Evers outperforms him in practice this week, which is very possible, Beville will be making the start in Dallas.

Neither Venables nor Lebby gave a concrete answer on whether or not Gabriel will be ready to go by Saturday, but even if Gabriel does clear concussion protocol before then, it would seem unlikely that he plays.

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SEC Roundup: A look around the conference

Checking in on the current and future SEC teams with the top stories on Tuesday.

We are approaching the midway point of the 2022 college football season in the SEC. Thus far we have seen the usual suspects standing at the top of the hill with Alabama and Georgia coming into Week 6 with identical 5-0 records.

They have both won their two conference matchups. Not to mention both have survived early season scares. Alabama needed a last-minute field goal to beat Texas in Week 2, while Georgia needed a surge to fend off Missouri on Saturday. This week Alabama takes on Texas A&M, while Georgia and Auburn renew their rivalry game.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, it is Georgia week and the shots have already been fired by UGA Wire.

We check in on the rest of the SEC with this roundup on a Tuesday morning. We will also check on the future conference teams, Oklahoma and Texas.

Pac-12 resurgence, Wisconsin’s downfall and rank(ed) Kansas: Winners and losers from Week 5 of the college football season

Our impressions from a wild week that saw 10 ranked teams fall.

Week after week, the 2022 college football season has treated us to absolute mayhem.

Things have been rather chalky up at the top (despite Georgia’s best efforts), but otherwise, the middle class has been entirely unpredictable. Ten teams that entered Week 5 ranked in the AP Top 25 lost, resulting in a big shakeup in the polls as we enter Week 6.

In addition to all that movement, we also saw two more Power Five jobs open up on Sunday — one fairly surprising, the other not so much.

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the month of October and closing in on the halfway point of the season, but it just goes to show how important each and every game is, at least under the current postseason format.

Here are the winners and losers from Week 5:

Kickoff time, broadcast information released for Oklahoma vs. No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks

Broadcast information and kickoff time released for the Oklahoma Sooners matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks.

In two weeks, the Oklahoma Sooners will take on the No. 17 Kansas Jayhawks at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at 11 a.m. CT on homecoming weekend, October 15.

After losing out on so many primetime games in the past half-decade, the Sooners are perhaps the reason this game has been given the early kickoff. After being the Big 12 punching bag for so long, the Jayhawks have flown to a 5-0 start on the season led by Heisman-hopeful QB Jalon Daniels.

Meanwhile, the Sooners are in wounded animal mode. Reeling after back-to-back conference losses, the Sooners’ season is on life support just five games into the season.

It won’t be getting any easier for the Sooners any time soon. Before coming home to play Kansas, the Texas Longhorns and a healthy Quinn Ewers await in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl.

While Brent Venables experiences his first Red River game as a head coach, the Kansas Jayhawks will be hosting ESPN’s College Gameday for the very first time. They’ll take on the team that just destroyed Oklahoma, the TCU Horned Frogs.

Ideally, the Horned Frogs would knock the Jayhawks down a peg or to before they make the trip across the border to play the Sooners in Norman.

Before the season, Sooners fans were thankful to get Baylor and Oklahoma State at home. Now, the Sooners are very lucky to be getting the Jayhawks at home after last year’s struggles in Lawrence. This game is far from the gimme it’s been in years past. The Jayhawks look like a legit threat to contend for the Big 12 title.

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Everything Steve Sarkisian said to the media on Monday ahead of Oklahoma matchup

“We’re healthier than we’ve ever been (at quarterback) since the start of the season.”

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke with the media on Monday and covered a variety of topics. Continue reading “Everything Steve Sarkisian said to the media on Monday ahead of Oklahoma matchup”