Nearly forty years ago, Barry Switzer’s wishbone-running Oklahoma Sooners, ranked No. 3 in the nation, headed to Columbus to take on the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. After a hard-fought game and a legendary kick from Uwe von Schamann that still echoes through this day, OU left Ohio that day with a victory in hand.
Fast-forwarding to this season, this is as hyped as a matchup gets in college football. Arguably the two greatest college football programs of all time meeting for a top-5 rematch after last season’s clash fell well short of a classic.
Fans everywhere can rejoice, for 2017 will be different. It will resemble the 1977 game, possibly even coming down to a field goal. I will go on record and say Austin Seibert is no Uwe von Schamann, and we all know how he’s fared in big contests the last couple of seasons.
So, I guess on second thought, let’s hope it doesn’t come down to a field goal. But the hype will live up.
I revisited my post before last season’s OU-Ohio State game, and the luster of the matchup of heavyweights had already faded after the opening week loss to Houston. I remained optimistic and thought the Sooners’ experience would outlast the Buckeyes’ dynamite young talent. Nope.
So, here we are, 51 weeks later, finally getting the marquee matchup we’ve wanted.
Now, it’s time to take from them what they took from us. My preseason predictions featured this game to be close with the Buckeyes prevailing at home… but I’m starting to lean toward the Sooners. This is purely out of fandom. It is because I’m a damn fool for Sooner football, and I always buy into the hype.
And maybe, just maybe, Ohio State might be buying a little too much into their own.
Oklahoma defeats Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday to capture its’ 12th straight win, a streak that began last October — two weeks after losing to the Buckeyes at home on September 17. Baker Mayfield will leave Columbus with his 10th true road win and settle into his front-running seat for the Heisman Trophy. Lincoln Riley will bring some swagger into this one, and the nation will once again respect the Sooners and the Big 12 (well, maybe not the Big 12).
TV: ABC at 6:30 p.m. CT
Live Stream: WatchESPN
TV Commentary: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
This weekend’s packed with great matchups, mostly all coming in primetime on Saturday. Here’s my usual take on the games I’m most looking forward to.
(23) TCU at Arkansas
Payback is on the horizon for TCU after losing in Fayetteville last season. The Frogs won’t slip up until they face Oklahoma State in Stillwater in two weeks. Frogs 38, Hogs 28
(13) Auburn at (3) Clemson
I’m going with the Tigers in this one, folks. Tigers 34, Tigers 31
(14) Stanford at (6) USC
I had a feeling coming into the season Stanford could play the spoiler to USC’s College Football Playoff and PAC-12 title hopes. While the Trojans were probably looking ahead to this game last week and should perform better, the Cardinal might be underrated. But in the end Sam Darnold bounces back from a sub-par performance last week, and Clay Helton’s crew hold on to survive a nail biter in Los Angeles. Trojans 27, Cardinal 24
(5) Oklahoma at (2) Ohio State
On second thought, I decided I was just joking up there about OU pulling off the win tomorrow. I don’t know what I was thinking. That kind of stuff doesn’t happen anymore, does it?? Wait, no…OU wins. Final answer. Or is it? This rematch has taken forever to get here. I’ve apparently lost my damn mind in the meantime. Sooners 38, Buckeyes ??
Be safe in Columbus, Sooner Nation. Stay classy, but not too classy. Boomer Sooner!
Head down to the comments section for the game thread, where Austin, Sam and others will be asking questions, making predictions and discussing the day’s action with y’all.