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The University of Oklahoma Sooners Football - Reflections on my great false god
Denver, Peyton Manning, keep doing what works.  Do what brought you here.  yeah run the air raid, uptempo offense where quick reads at the line right before the snap let’s you take advantage of where the Seahawks haven’t lined up correctly yet. Of course it goes without saying that means short throws.  We all know Denver is a yards after catch team.

Denver, Peyton Manning, keep doing what works.  Do what brought you here.  yeah run the air raid, uptempo offense where quick reads at the line right before the snap let’s you take advantage of where the Seahawks haven’t lined up correctly yet. Of course it goes without saying that means short throws.  We all know Denver is a yards after catch team.

In the Bleak Midwinter - alboo’s favorite Christmas Carol

I’ll tie the bleak midwinter theme to our bowl match up, but i was going to find someway to put it up.

We have a defense designed and filled with personnel to stop the speed dominated spread offense and that is the exact opposite of the offense we face in our bowl game.  We face an offense that features a pounding running game which sets up play action passes basically thrown to only two receivers, Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood.

They will run right at our small linebackers and five defensive backs. Eric Striker playing his base edge position they will run right over; heaven help us and poor Eric if they trick him and he gets nailed on a crack back block.   Against OSU Striker was reduced to a zero factor unless you count they feared him enough on ability to contain the edge that it limited quarterback escaping to his side or didn’t run reverses at him (or did they?)

.   We used to have an offense that was perfect to attack Alabama’s big heavy defense; the speed dominated spread offense.  The great irony: Bob Stoops,with exact intent as first year head coach, brought the spread air raid offense to the Big 12 when he hired Mike Leach as offensive coordinator.  Leach doesn’t get credit for inventing this offense.  Mike Leach should get credit for this offense spreading  like a firestorm through the Big 12.  Resulted in exciting offenses that put up huge numbers.   Made it possible for the ultra exciting, edge of your seat, come from behind last minute driving the length of the field for a touchdown victory not be a rarity.  Credit for when two Big 12 teams left for the SEC showed that the SEC’s supposedly vastly superior defenses couldn’t contain it better than the Big 12 could.*  (I’m still on irony here)  While those offenses are all over college football.  Have run Nick Saban ragged.  We can’t run that offense anymore.  We just don’t have the personnel.

Bullett point summary:

  • Bob Stoops brings the air raid spread offense to the Big 12 by hiring Mike Leach
  • Mike Leach gets the head coaching job at Texas Tech the following year.
  • Leach’s success shows what this offense can do and it is adopted throughout the Big 12.
  • By 2008 this offense (advanced by rule changes that allowed for the success of the no huddle quick snap offense) brings the Big 12 under the brightest biggest biggest national spotlight probably in its history.
  • 2013 Oklahoma, us, we, can not run that offense
  • 2013 yes our coaches want to make the running game more prominent in our scheme.   In reality Oklahoma becomes incapable of doing much else vast majority of the time anyway.
  • We, Oklahoma, land in a bowl game against a great team, Alabama, and our offensive and defensive schemes could not be more favorable to our opponent. 

This year we have played on guts and finding a way to win.   I don’t think we have an offensive identity.  We are missing on offense our best player, Trey Millard.  I don;’t know how many offensive linemen we have out.  Yes, I can think of some new offensive wrinkles to add.  Josh Heupel had one against OSU; we actually threw a pass to Brannon Green, blocking tight end that hasn’t seen the field much, in the end zone.   But can we come out with enough mismatches and angles.  People are too quick to call innovation that gives you strategic advantages on a play “gadget” “gimmick” or “trick.”   Alabama gets more credit for “game planning” to take away a particular opponents strengths than probably any other program.  Whether that is true or not they are definitely way up there.  Depending on the opponents talent level and quality of coaches that can mean left with nothing that works.  Talent level and coaching - Bama couldn’t stop a healthy Johnny Football paired with Mike Evans - gave up school record number of yards.  Couldn’t stop a Gus Malzahn coached offense.

Well back to my favorite Christmas carol.  The setting my ear can appreciate is done by Gustav Holst which is also the most popular.  I picked the one above because it has the words and brings in the congregation eventually.  For other performances go to youtube type title and here are some other performers: Shawn Colvin, Corrinne May, Lily Madeleine, Annie Lennox, Julie Andrews, Sissel, Sarah McLachlan, King’s College Cambridge, Celtic Woman

*Also want to point out, to advance how great my analysis should be perceived, I predicted all of this years ago when MO and Texas A&M announced their departure to the SEC.  Explained the toll it would take on Nick Saban’s recruiting and defensive schemes.   Alabama could not defend the spread offense with their traditional package of 360 lb. defensive lineman and huge linebackers.  Saban would have to recruit to defend two different offenses, forced to recruit more defensive backs, recruit at least some smaller quicker faster defensive lineman and linebackers.

(Source: youtube.com)

OU at OSU Tickets on the 50 for $51.50??

I have a commitment in Dallas Saturday morning, otherwise I would be all over this.  I was at the 85 ice bowl, I can take this weather easy.

alboo:

That incredible Auburn win, that changes the national title landscape,  that means maybe oh maybe there won’t be an SEC team win the national title, and almost insures Alabama won’t…..  Well, now that so many people are getting what they want, in the future that game will just go down as a big win remembered by the Auburn fans.  Why!!!!!   A bunch of you people are getting what you’ve wished for for so long, a playoff system.

If 2013 were 2014 Alabama wouldn’t play AJ McCarron or C.J. Moseley against Auburn.  It’s not worth risking the injury for the playoffs.  Auburn  with that gimmicky quick snap offense, which Nick Saban pointed out causes more injuries, or Missouri with that pesky Big 12 spread offense of theirs that Nick Saban doesn’t like and isn’t real SEC football nor a “pro style offense” despite the NFL adapting many aspects of it are going to knock one of them out of the picture.   Ohio State might lose to Michigan State but if they don’t no sweat.  Alabama still gets in the playoffs at the minimum number 4 spot.  And since they didn’t even need to try against Auburn that doesn’t count.   Hyperbole - yes for this year but look at the recent past.  And remember Nick Saban has what Baylor doesn’t, what A&M doesn’t (Johhny Football is HURT and that team lives and dies on he and Evans) - depth especially on defense.  No more miracle years that demand freak perfection, we’ll get championships determined by wars of attrition and strategically withholding your best players.

And I think there is some literary term for the intentional use of excessive verbiage and run ons.  The only two terms I can remember the names of are asyndeton and synedochde and I don’t think it is either one of those

That incredible Auburn win, that changes the national title landscape,  that means maybe oh maybe there won’t be an SEC team won’t win the national title, and almost insures Alabama won’t…..  Well, now that so many people are getting what they want, in the future that game will just go down as a big win remembered by the Auburn fans.  Why!!!!!   A bunch of you people are getting what you’ve wished for for so long, a playoff system.

If 2013 were 2014 Alabama wouldn’t play AJ McCarronor C.J. Moseley against Auburn.  It’s not worth risking the injury for the playoffs.  Auburn  with that gimmicky quick snap offense, which Nick Saban pointed out causes more injuries, or Missouri with that pesky Big 12 spread offense of theirs that Nick Saban doesn’t like and isn’t real SEC football nor a “pro style offense” despite the NFL adapting many aspects of it are going to knock one of them out of the picture.   Ohio State might lose to Michigan State but if they don’t no sweat.  Alabama still gets in the playoffs at the minimum number 4 spot.  And since they didn’t even need to try against Auburn that doesn’t count.   Hyperbole - yes for this year but look at the recent past.  And remember Nick Saban has what Baylor doesn’t, what A&M doesn’t (Johhny Football is HURT and that team lives and dies on he and Evans) - depth especially on defense.  No more miracle years that demand freak perfection, we’ll get championships determined by wars of attrition and strategically withholding your best players.

And I think there is some literary term for the intentional use of excessive verbiage and run ons.  The only two terms I can remember the names of are asyndeton and synedochde and I don’t think it is either one of those

If you haven’t heard we’ve got a new knee ligament.  I didn’t put up the actual photos for the squeamish out there.  One article brings up the point, one I’ve long wondered about, finding things inside the body is not as easy as those muscular skeletal drawings make it look.  First, for a human body to look anything like those anatomy drawings it would have to be that of a chiseled finely honed athlete with a body fat percentage less than 10% like plays for our favorite collegiate teams.  And the body still doesn’t look like that different tissue types blend together etc…   As you will see in the actual photographs.

The second article tells the exciting news it may play a role in ACL tears
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/opinion/the-secrets-inside-us.html?_r=0  
http://www.ibtimes.com/new-ligament-discovered-human-knee-anterolateral-ligament-may-play-role-acl-tears-photo-1456724

If you haven’t heard we’ve got a new knee ligament.  I didn’t put up the actual photos for the squeamish out there.  One article brings up the point, one I’ve long wondered about, finding things inside the body is not as easy as those muscular skeletal drawings make it look.  First, for a human body to look anything like those anatomy drawings it would have to be that of a chiseled finely honed athlete with a body fat percentage less than 10% like plays for our favorite collegiate teams.  And the body still doesn’t look like that different tissue types blend together etc…   As you will see in the actual photographs.

The second article tells the exciting news it may play a role in ACL tears

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/opinion/the-secrets-inside-us.html?_r=0 

http://www.ibtimes.com/new-ligament-discovered-human-knee-anterolateral-ligament-may-play-role-acl-tears-photo-1456724

I realize this is an old cliche in internet time to post this but it is so great.

You have to give Oklahoma State all the credit in the world. They dominated Baylor in every aspect of the game.
Injuries are part of the game, but Petty was not all there.  I’ve always maintained that injuries accrete.  Something gets hit, it weakens, bruised whatever and then well into the season that ligament finally gives way and tears.
I have also said this about head injuries.  There were two games in 2011, Texas Tech and Iowa, where Landry Jones bounced his head off the turf and was not the same the rest of the game.  When RGIII bounced his head off the grass and got a concussion in 2011 I have always maintained Tony Jefferson’s hit on him in the end zone in our game contributed.  Bottom line Petty was not all there.  Not just falling down.  His passing was not anywhere close to accurate.

You have to give Oklahoma State all the credit in the world. They dominated Baylor in every aspect of the game.

Injuries are part of the game, but Petty was not all there.  I’ve always maintained that injuries accrete.  Something gets hit, it weakens, bruised whatever and then well into the season that ligament finally gives way and tears.

I have also said this about head injuries.  There were two games in 2011, Texas Tech and Iowa, where Landry Jones bounced his head off the turf and was not the same the rest of the game.  When RGIII bounced his head off the grass and got a concussion in 2011 I have always maintained Tony Jefferson’s hit on him in the end zone in our game contributed.  Bottom line Petty was not all there.  Not just falling down.  His passing was not anywhere close to accurate.

Kansas State running between the tackles; that is my fear today.   Heck, Baylor’s third team running back was arguably the most important offensive performer in our game with them.

And as my usual request, please play P.L. Lindley as a true linebacker off the ball in the middle.  When he has been used this year it was standing up at the line of scrimmage like a defensive end in the Okie 5-2 defense. 

In a quick total contradiction of my first paragraph, after only two sentences, I expect Coach Snyder to run right at Eric Striker.  To counter this we will need to continually move him around as we have in the last two weeks.  He is so small a pulling offensive lineman can easily take him out, but he is so fast another player will need to get a disguised chip block on him first.

On offense:  My major concern is if we can’t pass (very good chance) and Kansas State makes us a one dimensional running team, then we will become a zero dimensional team.  [If you didn’t get that , I meant we will have no offense.]

Damien Williams 69 yard touchdown run against Iowa State.  alboo wanted to run an audible to the other side of the line.  Call me an idiot, I would, after seeing the picture above of the hole he ran through.    However, I would appreciate it if you stayed with me and looked at many pictures so you can see my call was not that bad.