Last week’s action served as a kind of reality check for the whole state of Oklahoma. OU lost at home on a missed point after followed by missed chip shot of a field goal. Luckily, Michael Hunnicut wasn’t crucified. OSU, on the other hand, walked into the teeth of a TCU buzzsaw down in Fort Worth, and failed to score a touchdown for the first time since 2009. Expectations for both teams have been scaled way, way back. Of course, OU started the season in the top 5, with hopes of a national title. Now, the Sooners are nearly guaranteed not to play in a January bowl game. The Pokes, on the other hand, knew that this year might not be pretty, with a bevy of inexperienced players, but got their hopes up after a close loss to defending champs Florida State. Now, for the first time in a long time, OSU fans are worried about even making a bowl game.
What is this, 2006?
The last time OSU lost by more than thirty was in 2008, in a tortilla flavored beatdown in Lubbock, which was roughly the last time Texas Tech was respectable.
And while I know that yes, the team is radically inexperienced and as young as a bunch of goddamn butterflies struggling out of a cocoon, I was surprised that Mike Yurcich had a job to return to this past Monday morning.
Yeah, yeah, I know it wasn’t all on him.
But down 28-9 at the half how do you not even complete a single pass for the rest of the game?
Daxx Garman, now in total freefall as OSU’s signal caller, was 0-6 after the break with an INT and 10-26 passing overall. After TCU went up 35-9 on their first possession of the half it seemed like Gundy, Yurcich, et al were already thinking about the plane ride home, and they left Garman in to take blow after blow. No reason to leave a guy in who can barely complete a third of the passes he throws. Dispiriting to say the least.
Oh well. We’ll see what happens this week.
On to the picks!
Last week: 4-1 (.800)
Overall: 41-6 (.872)
Texas 24, No. 11 Kansas State 48. Last week, K-State knocked off OU for the second straight time in their last two trips to Norman. Texas, on the other hand, nearly managed to lose to lowly Iowa State in Austin. Needless to say, I do not see an upset in the makings in Manhattan.
Texas Tech 17, No. 10 TCU 41. Forth Worth will not be kind to the Red Raiders this weekend. The Horned Frogs’ offense is clicking like a finely tuned machine, and Trevone Boykin looks like anything but a player who was a wide receiver only two years ago. With Baylor and OU both losing last weekend, Gary Patterson’s bunch suddenly seems like the Big 12’s best shot at a playoff berth.
No. 22 West Virginia 31, Oklahoma State 23. I had a strong feeling about West Virginia last week, only picking them to lose by seven to Baylor. Wish I had gone with my gut, as they sent Baylor packing with a fourteen point loss that the Baptists will get a whole two weeks to think about. Last year they played spoiler to to the 2013 Big 12 favorite OSU. You might remember that clusterfuck of a game, when the OSU offense sputtered and stalled, sputtered and stalled, sputtered and stalled. Sound familiar? Right now the Pokes’ offense seems like it’s in total and complete freefall; the Pokes haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in six(!) straight quarters.
PS: I found OSU’s offensive gameplan for this weekend.