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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5 Oklahoma Sooners to watch on offense vs. the Longhorns

Here are 5 players to watch on offense for the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Showdown vs. Texas

There’s a great many unknowns for the Oklahoma Sooners on the offensive side of the ball heading into their matchup with the Texas Longhorns. Namely, who’s going to start at quarterback?

Dillon Gabriel appeared in pads in a video released by Oklahoma football’s Twitter account yesterday. Does that mean he’ll be ready to go? Possibly. It feels more likely than it did on Monday.

With how the defense has been playing the last two weeks, the Sooners need a lights out performance from their offense. They can’t afford to punt eight times. They need points and a bunch of them to win.

Here are five players on the OU offense to watch during Red River.

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.

‘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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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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Keep the faith: Brent Venables is still the right man for the job

The sky isn’t falling, Sooners fans. Have faith in the guy in charge.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks in Norman, Oklahoma. After looking like a College Football Playoff contender against Nebraska in Week 3, the Oklahoma Sooners have stumbled in Big 12 play, losing two straight games against Kansas State and TCU.

A lot of people are saying bowl eligibility is in question because the schedule looks harder and Venables needs a few years to get his guys together.

I disagree.

There is more than enough talent on this roster to recover and make a run for the Big 12 title. This fan base spent all offseason gushing about how much work these young men have put in the weight room and on the practice field.

This is where all that hard work comes into play.

If the Sooners are without Dillon Gabriel, the Texas Longhorns are the better team, especially if Quinn Ewers does return this Saturday. However, if Sooners fans believe in Venables, they should be raring to go for the Red River Showdown.

Why?

For the first time in the Venables era, the Oklahoma Sooners are underdogs. The players see that. They will be angered by it. Fueled by it.

As for the funk that appears to be hanging over the team, a little good old-fashioned hate is the perfect remedy. I’m not sure what the issue was against TCU, but everyone will put everything they have into preparing for this game.

A win against Texas is something that could save the season.

Oklahoma opened Big 12 play 0-2 in 2020 and still won the Big 12. Have faith in the coaching staff. If they can’t deal with tough times in the Big 12, they will not be able to do it in the SEC. The next few weeks will be an opportunity for Venables and the rest of the coaching staff to show if they can return from the depths of despair.

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Oklahoma Sooners struggle in Cowtown, losing to the TCU Horned Frogs 55-24

The Oklahoma Sooners fell to 3-2 and 0-2 in Big 12 play, losing 55-24 to Max Duggan and the TCU Horned Frogs.

For the second straight week, the Oklahoma Sooners’ defense was dominated in Big 12 play. This week, it was the TCU Horned Frogs who stormed out to a 20-3 lead early in the first quarter and ultimately won 55-24 to improve to 4-0. Oklahoma dropped their second straight Big 12 game and started 0-2 in the conference for the second time in three seasons.

Outplayed, outcoached, outmuscled. TCU outplayed them in every aspect.  There’s no way around what happened in Fort Worth. The Sooners fell to 3-2 on the season and lost their starting QB and leader in the process.

The secondary was a complete disaster after Billy Bowman got hurt. They struggled to locate the football allowing Max Duggan and the Horned Frogs to hit big play after big play in the passing game.

The pass rush, once again, was a complete non-factor. They couldn’t generate pressure at all, and even when they did, TCU QB Max Duggan used his athleticism to buy time and get rid of the ball.

From top to bottom, this defense looked nothing like the defenses that Brent Venables has become known for. It’s one thing to get beat, it’s another to look completely disorganized. Too many times, TCU had open players running all alone down the field for big touchdowns.

The Sooners got struggled on both sides of the ball.

Max Duggan played a phenomenal game. Duggan was 23 of 33 for 302 yards and three touchdowns and added 116 yards and two touchdowns on just five rushing attempts. Kendre Miller had a big game as well, rushing 13 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Before being injured, Dillon Gabriel was not having a good game. Between overthrows and poor mechanics, this was easily his worst game as a Sooner. Gabriel missed a few throws against Kansas State. He missed a lot more against TCU. Regularly throwing high even when the Sooners got what they wanted offensively.

Davis Beville didn’t fare much better in relief. Jeff Lebby seemed hesitant to let Beville throw the ball, even when they were down big. Oklahoma ran the ball 22 times in the second half when they were down by 24 points. The Sooners threw the ball just six times in the second half.

Thankfully, Gabriel walked off the field under his own power, but it remains to be seen what his status will be for the Red River Showdown. If he’s forced to miss time, the Oklahoma Sooners will have a problem.

The injury bug feasted on OU in Norman. Gabriel, Wanya Morris, Billy Bowman, Eric Gray, Theo Wease, and Damond Harmon all left the game due to injury.

The injuries to Gabriel and Harmon were incredibly scary. While Gabriel was able to walk off of his own volition, Harmon was immobilized and taken to the locker room on a cart. The Sooners’ depth is about to be tested even more than it has been through the first few games of the season.

Two weeks ago, the Sooners were the talk of college football after manhandling Nebraska. Now, they’re looking to save their season.

The Sooners are 0-2 in Big 12 play, with Red River up next. Quinn Ewers is expected to start next week for the Longhorns after being out since week two. After how this secondary looked against the Horned Frogs, this defense is in trouble. The Sooners are in trouble.

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Dillon Gabriel No. 8 in CBS Sports QB Power Rankings

Sooners QB Dillon Gabriel dropped a few spots in CBS Sports’ QB Power Rankings.

The loss at Kansas State fortunately left Oklahoma Sooners Dillon Gabriel out of the crosshairs of the national media becuase, well, the loss wasn’t his fault. Gabriel didn’t show anything against the Wildcats that Sooners fans weren’t already aware of. He had a strong performance in the loss.

However, Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports had a rather interesting point of view on Gabriel in his QB Power Rankings for this week.

Dillon Gabriel certainly isn’t the reason Oklahoma lost to Kansas State, but some of his limitations were displayed in the loss. Gabriel finished with 330 yards passing and four touchdowns, but he is a boom-or-bust QB. When he’s hitting the big plays, his teams are nearly unstoppable. He struggles when the big play isn’t there, however, and you need him to string some singles together instead of home runs. He struggled to hit the singles against Kansas State. -Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports

Respectfully, this is not a good assessment of Dillon Gabriel as a football player, nor of what happened against Kansas State.

Gabriel knows how to take what the defense gives him. He doesn’t need the “big play” to be successful. When Jeff Lebby calls for quick passes, Gabriel will throw them. Offensive line penalties were as much an issue as anything else that happened offensively Saturday.

Gabriel fell two spots from last week’s ranking and Kansas QB Jalon Daniels deservedly made his debut in the top 10 at No. 7.

The usual suspects, CJ Stroud and Bryce Young, are at No. 1 and No.2, and Caleb Williams dropped a spot to No. 4.

Should Gabriel have a great game against TCU, it will be interesting to see if he can climb higher than No. 8.

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Former Sooner Jalen Hurts named NFC Offensive Player of the Month

Former Oklahoma Sooners QB Jalen Hurts has been named as the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month

After leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 3-0 start, former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month for September.

Hurts has been playing like a man possessed in 2022 thus far, and with Lamar Jackson being named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Month, this is the first time since 1990 that two black QBs have won the award in the same month.

After trading for AJ Brown, the Eagles sent a message that they believe in Hurts, and so far, that bet is paying off.

It wasn’t all that long ago when Jalen Hurts was forced to transfer from the University of Alabama after being benched in the national championship for Tua Tagavailoa. Hurts, of course, chose to come to OU and led the Sooners to a Big 12 title and a College Football Playoff appearance.

The Eagles drafted Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and now in his second full year as a starter, all of his hard work is paying off.

Philadelphia has an interesting schedule coming up. After this week’s matchup against former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars, they have games against the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.

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Big 12 week 5 predictions: Can Kansas, Kansas State keep rolling at home?

The race for the Big 12 Championship continues as the Jayhawks host the Cyclones and the Mountaineers travel to Austin.

For the first time this season, we have a full slate of Big 12 action coming your way. Oklahoma is in a four-way tie for last in the conference. Losing your first Big 12 matchup of the season will do that.

The Jayhawks still stand atop the conference, albeit with some company this time. Will they still be there after this Saturday’s home matchup vs. Iowa State?

It’s an intriguing slate of Big 12 games that features a rematch of the 2022 Big 12 championship game. A matchup between Texas Tech and Kansas State features two teams who knocked off the Big 12’s departing blue bloods a week ago.

If you like Big 12 football, the entire slate offers some fun games to watch, but how will the games turn out? Here’s this weeks Big 12 predictions.