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Topic: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?

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utee94

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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #98 on: June 30, 2023, 09:17:49 PM »
It's entirely possible that Oklahoma has made a mistake with its head coach.  They did so before with Schnelly and Blake and arguably Gibbs.  These things happen.

But whether any of us like it or not, OU is a de facto Texas state university when it comes to football.  They enjoy all of the same benefits with respect to recruiting in Texas, as any university actually located within the state, and they will continue to do so. Indeed they're more of a power in recruiting in Texas than anyone other than UT and perhaps Texas A&M.

To think they'll suffer any more or less than the University of Texas itself, is naive and silly.  

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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #99 on: July 01, 2023, 01:17:27 AM »
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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #100 on: July 01, 2023, 08:20:19 AM »
You couldn't even fill a thimble with that blowhard's "knowledge" of college football.

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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #101 on: July 01, 2023, 08:30:27 AM »
the only positive is that he's needling the Boomers ;)
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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #102 on: July 01, 2023, 10:15:29 AM »
the only positive is that he's needling the Boomers ;)
Heh, good point.

He may proceed. ;)

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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #103 on: July 03, 2023, 10:42:51 AM »
The situations have critical differences.

Nebraska's drawing card in the Big 12 was its unique style of play. As college football morphed to high speed throwing and exotic offenses, UNL was still a place for the power lifters. The NFL was never going to draft the Nebraska QB to play QB because he was going to be a strong runner who could occasionally throw the ball to an open TE or busted out WR. The play was almost always made by the massive corn fed dudes crushing the man in front of them.

When they abandoned that style, they were just another pro style set trying to bid for the services of pro style players. No real selling point.

Oklahoma had continuity. Stoops connected with a whole ton of brilliant coordinators and managed his staff accordingly. Full marks to him. I have my own opinion about Lincoln Riley's talent (I think Stoops left him "good enough" against a depleted Big 12, and now he's competing against air in the Pac), but he was supposed to keep the train on the tracks. Instead, he picked up the entire train and ran away - at the worst possible time, since players suddenly enjoyed practically unfettered mobility.

We'll have to see how Venables works out. I dunno why sportswriters want to make such preposterous excuses for last season. Going in, there was a high probability of disaster, and disaster occurred. Cramming together a bunch of transfer players didn't result in a team. Now, for 23-24, there's another influx of transfers, which surely will make it work this time? Maybe, but why?

Keep in mind, that's not Venables's fault. He's still trying to piece together an explosion that he didn't cause. He may yet turn out to be a great coach. He just wasn't able to pull off a miracle that no one had a right to expect. 

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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #104 on: July 03, 2023, 12:37:53 PM »
Well stated as always, droog.

I think it's too soon to make any definitive statements about Venables' coaching ability at a bigtime program like OU.  

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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #105 on: July 03, 2023, 04:45:04 PM »
This year should tell us a lot. Game-management needs to be significantly better, IMO. A subset of that is playing complementary football. The Sooners were thin on defense last year. They collapsed in the 4th quarter of games that were close. (The Sooners lost after leading in four 4th quarters and after being tied going into another 4th quarter.) The hurry-up offense exposed the defense's lack of depth. But nobody told the OC, Lebby, to slow it down and eat some clock. "Somebody" needs to tell his OC when to go slow and when to speed up.

Bob Stoops made a big jump from Season 1 to Season 2--from a 7-5 record to 13-0. Maybe we'll see a similar improvement in Venables' Season 2.

"Maybe we'll do better this year" isn't really a strategy, though.
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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #106 on: July 03, 2023, 05:20:02 PM »
Well I'm certainly not hoping for a 13-0 Sooner season, but 11-2 with two losses to Texas would be fine by me. :)


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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #107 on: July 03, 2023, 09:44:11 PM »
I've seen a homer prediction of OU losing to Texas in Dallas and then beating a team not named Texas in the CCG. That combination seems a little unlikely to me.
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Re: Blue Skies Ahead for the Crimson and Cream?
« Reply #108 on: April 02, 2024, 10:38:52 PM »
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