Happy gameday, Sooner Nation! I’m sure most of you share my sentiments when I tell you I’m still on a glorious natural high from last week. After one of the best, most memorable games in Oklahoma Sooners football history, we now get a week to catch our breath and welcome the Tulane Green Wave to Norman for an early evening kickoff.
In most years, these types of non-conference matchups would turn into channel flippers once the Sooners are comfortably out in front, and more competitive matchups around the country take stage. But with a second unit of Kyler Murray and a deep rotation at all the skill spots to look forward to watching tomorrow, have you guys ever been more excited to watch backups get snaps in a blowout? Well, maybe the UTEP game two weeks ago, but my point still stands!
We also learned Friday evening of a depth chart update many of us probably expected to hear: Trey Sermon has officially been named the starter at tailback against the Tulane Green Wave.
This development is not much of a surprise given the breakout performance from the true freshman a week ago. He really seems to have it all, and I was truly impressed in his display of raw power, sleek cuts and surprising maturity and poise this early into his career. We’re sure to see plenty of Abdul Adams and Rodney Anderson, as well as Marcelias Sutton who was notably absent at Ohio State, tomorrow night and throughout the season, but I believe Lincoln Riley may have found an every-down back in Sermon.
I fully expect OU to have this game in hand by half, though I wouldn’t sleep on Tulane early. The option run game will probably work for a possession and some change, and a decent Green Wave defensive unit won’t be a total pushover. But the hyper-powered Oklahoma offense will be too much. As Jack mentioned in his picks, Tulane is down a starting quarterback and will primarily be a one-dimensional offense, which Oklahoma should stifle as the first half gets into full swing. And I expect the Sooners’ bevy of backs to wear down Tulane’s defense as the game goes along.
Sooners 42, Green Wave 14
TV: PPV at 5:00 p.m. CT (full info here)
This game is being televised via pay-per-view, which is available on select Oklahoma and nationwide program providers.
TV Commentary: Brendan Burke, Dave Anderson, Christian Steckel
A few other big games headline an otherwise bland Week 3 across the land. While Little Brother makes the trip to Pitt for the second leg of their series with the Panthers, the Big 12’s bloated, drunken uncle is about enter The Los Angeles Coliseum to face the USC Trojans. That should be fun.
Speaking of channel-flipping, there’s really only one other game that truly interests me this weekend: Round 2 of Lamar Jackson vs. Brent Venables’ defense. Despite inexperience in some key positions on both sides of the ball, including quarterback, the Clemson Tigers come in the road favorite with the jury still out on the Louisville Cardinals’ defense. After watching Oklahoma hold its own against the vaunted Ohio State defense in the trenches in Columbus, it may actually be Clemson which boasts the nation’s very best defensive front.
But they’ll have to contend with an electrifying superhuman at quarterback playing at home on the other side. I’m going with my man, Action Jackson, who’ll be too much to contain for an entire game for Clemson with no DeShaun Watson to go toe-to-toe with the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner on offense.
Cards pull the upset against the Scrappy Swinneys — L’Ville 30, Clemson 24
Enjoy Week 3, Sooner Nation!
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