I live in Wisconsin and have been an OU fan for as long as I can remember. I had never even been to the state of Oklahoma and I don't know how my love for all things crimson began. I went to the University of Wisconsin in the late 90s and sat through some really horrible BIG games. The atmosphere at Camp Randall was pretty good but I could never really get into the games because I couldn't have cared less about who won. I've always wanted to make the trip to Norman and see a game. I finally got down there last Saturday for the TCU game. I thought the fine people of Oklahoma might enjoy some observations from my road trip...
1. I thought I was going to die driving through Wichita on Friday night. I don't know how somebody can get used to storms like that. It was freaking insane!!
2. Everybody I met in Norman (TCU fans included) was very nice, very respectful and a pleasure to meet.
3. Louie's is a pretty good place to watch games and have a drink.
On to the game...
4. I immediately started chewing on my fingernails when I got to my seat and saw Jordan Phillips in sweatpants. I know Bob isn't the most forthcoming guy when it comes to injuries but I hadn't heard a peep all week about Jordan.
5. From the first snap, I was really impressed with the athleticism on the OU defense. Striker is an absolute beast! You can't really get a sense of how quick he is watching games on TV.
6. The coaches don't have much confidence in Blake Bell throwing the football. He made a few nice throws to Durron Neal in the first half and I thought the offense was going to open up a bit more. In the second half it seemed like they were content running the ball. They did some play action but tried to give Blake easy reads with receivers running short routes. It would be nice to have a tight end running up the seam.
7. Corey Nelson is a huge loss. There were several plays (even when Mike didn't call time out) where the defense looked confused and couldn't get lined up correctly after his injury.
8. OK, last one. Sorry if this post has been long winded. I'm really excited about the future of this program. I realize recruiting has been lacking a bit the past few years in OT, DT and LB but we have a nice foundation. Wade held his own on Saturday, both starting OT will be back next year and the underclassmen running around on defense have me feeling optimistic.
All in all, it was a great trip. The second half half of the game was nerve wracking but OU pulled it out. I can't wait to get back down there again.