I don't want anyone to think just because Oklahoma lost to Texas that I wouldn't do our usual 'Film Study' post simply because of the final score and/or the embarrassing nature of the loss. We've done them after losses and will continue to do so. In fact, I'm sure many would say you can learn more from doing them after a loss at times than you can from a victory.
But I don't have to be the one to tell you that losses to Texas are different than losses to pretty much everyone else. Especially when you lose in the manner in which the Sooners did on Saturday.
And yet I would have gladly subjected myself to the suckitude of breaking down that game if I thought you all have any interest in reading it. Well, not gladly per se as I have just as little desire to relive that game as I suspect the rest of you do as well. Hence the reasoning behind this explanation of a post.
It's a time consuming feature to put together and if there is little (if any) interest on your part in reading it then I'd rather not waster either of our time. Not to mention I'm not entirely sure what I could offer any of you in way of an explanation for what we all witnessed.
I don't feel like I need to watch the game again to tell you Oklahoma was physically dominated for all four quarters along both sides of the line of scrimmage. And that this played a significant role in the Sooners being embarrassed by their hated rival.
I don't feel like I need to watch the game again to tell you Oklahoma looked woefully unprepared with a seemingly unfathomable game plan of pure arrogance consisting entirely of 'Texas sucks(!) so if just we show up, we'll win.'
For the first time possibly ever in the Stoops era, it was the Oklahoma coaching staff, not Texas, that appeared to take this game and their opponent too lightly. It's a strange feeling as so many times in the past coming out of the game (and even prior to) it's been the Texas fan lamenting their staff's lackadaisical approach in emphasizing just how important this game is on an annual basis.
I'm left just as clueless as the rest of you.
I cannot possibly imagine what compelled Josh Heupel to design a game plan devoid of a quarterback run game, something Texas had clearly struggled to defend this entire season. I cannot possibly imagine what led Bob Stoops to say following the game that he and his staff simply "were not comfortable using Bell in the run game" and yet chose to start him regardless. Much like I cannot possibly imagine what compelled Mike Stoops to continue to play three down linemen after watching them get abused by an average at best Texas offensive line down after down after down.
Pretty much nothing that transpired on Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl made much sense from an OU perspective. And as a result, I have a strong suspicion reliving it all a second time will offer very little in the way of clarity or the answers so many of us are seeking after that game.
So my sincere apologies if there being no 'Film Study' this week upsets and/or disappoints any of you out there who enjoy reading them. If you want to call me a lady's female parts for not doing it, then you certainly have that right and I won't fight you on it.
I just really feel, in this particular instance, it's best for all of us to just move on. Saturday was what it was, an embarrassment. Reliving it in painstaking detail like our 'Film Study' feature isn't going to be something any of us would enjoy. Hopefully you all understand and as always, thank you for reading!