Bob Stoops is 79-4 at home in his 13 years as the Oklahoma head coach. The last two losses came in their last 5 games in Norman, when they were heavy favorites. One was to Kansas State earlier this year, which ended national title dreams before the season kicked into gear. The other occurred to lowly Texas Tech last year, which also ended their National Championship aspirations. I could also remind you of his BCS bowl game record (3-8). Sooner fans wonder whether fire that started the Stoops era is slowly dying. The last 3 years have been tough, with only the BCS appearance in 2010 to show for their work. Well, this is a great week for Stoops to prove the fire is still burning.
Notre Dame rolls into Norman playing with house money. Experts (like myself) thought there was no way they would be undefeated coming into this game. They have no offense whatsoever, struggling to score with teams like BYU. The defense is awesome; Manti Te’o is legit and the rest of the front seven could stymie any offense in the country. The back 4 is suspect, but the front seven has played well to mask those issues.
Landry Jones for Oklahoma has not played as well as you would think for someone looking to improve his draft status. Now it looks like the passing attack has gotten well feeding off Texas and Kansas, but Notre Dame is a different beast all together. If this game was in Notre Dame, I would pick the Irish, despite the fact I would have to wash my mouth out with soap.
This is one of those games that you can see Notre Dame being within a score in the 4th and the Oklahoma fans sitting on their hands. But there’s no way that Landry Jones will have a sub par game at home again right? There’s no way that the Oklahoma defense which suffocated Texas a couple of weeks ago will have trouble with the two-QB non-threat of Tommy Rees and Everett Golson right? There is no way that a Bob Stoops-coached team will crap the bed at home in a big game again right? It’s time for Big Game Bob to come back again. But why do I have the feeling he is long gone? Song of the day and games of the weekend after the bump.
Saturday, October 27
EARLY AFTERNOON: Tennessee vs 13 South Carolina (12pm, ESPN)/Iowa vs Northwestern (12pm, ESPN2)/Temple vs Pitt (12pm, MASN)
LATE AFTERNOON: 2 Florida vs 10 Georgia (3:30pm, CBS)/Ohio State vs Penn State (5:30pm, ESPN)/14 Texas Tech vs 3 Kansas State (3:30pm, FOX)
NIGHT: World Series Game 3 – San Francisco vs Detroit (8pm, FOX)/5 Notre Dame vs 8 Oklahoma (8pm, ABC)/11 Mississippi State vs 1 Alabama (8:30pm, ESPN)
Sunday, October 28
EARLY: Atlanta vs Philadelphia/Washington vs Pittsburgh/Miami vs New York Jets
LATE: World Series Game 4 – San Francisco vs Detroit (8pm, FOX)/New York Giants vs Dallas/Oakland vs Kansas City