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Oklahoma Football vs. South Dakota: Game preview, storylines & predictions

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It’s Friday, which means the Oklahoma Sooners and South Dakota Coyotes will kick off their Pay-Per-View matchup in just a matter of hours. Can you feel the excitement?

Time & TV: Saturday, 6 p.m. CT, PPV/SoonerSports.tv

Line: Oklahoma -41.5 (as of Friday, 4 p.m. CT)

O/U: 75.5

OU Game Notes

South Dakota Game Notes

Here are the major storylines for this epic tilt:

Will Jack avoid a sunburn at the game?

As anyone acquainted with me will tell you, I am a startlingly pale human being. My ancestry can be traced back to Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, although some in my family claim that we might have some Cherokee blood in us. However, like most translucent Oklahomans who attempt to claim Native American ancestry without documentation, there’s a non-zero chance that they’re full of shit.

Anyway, I am required by genetics, destiny and maybe even law to receive at least one (1) severe sunburn per calendar year that falls within the range of ‘concerning’ and ‘alarming’. We could chalk this up to me being an idiot who frequently forgets to wear sunscreen and never learns his lesson, but that’s just too simple. No, something deeper and far more sinister (perhaps supernatural?) is surely at play here.

This year’s opportunity presented itself when I went to float the Lower Madison in Montana, but the clouds converged over our heads for at least two thirds of the journey, sparing me from a bad time. Due to the fact that I seemingly cheated death in that instance, I’ve been paranoid about a potential Final Destination: Pale Blogger Gets Sunburned scenario playing out at some point this summer or fall. Will my day of reckoning come this Saturday? This will be something to watch.


Should you root for Texas against LSU?

“BuT a TeXaS wIn WoUlD hElP oU’s StReNgTh Of ScHeDuLe AnD bE gOoD fOr ThE iMaGe Of ThE cOnFeReNcE”

You and I both know that a Texas win would do absolutely nothing to shift the national narratives regarding the SEC or the Big 12, so let’s just get that part out of the way.

As far as strength of schedule is concerned, don’t overthink this. One out-of-conference game is not going to sink or keep afloat Oklahoma’s chances of making the College Football Playoff. The CFP committee’s SOS metric is basically just a combination of the records of a team’s opponents and their opponents, so it’s actually fairly inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

If you hate LSU fans so much that you’re willing to root for a Texas win, that’s almost understandable. LSU fans are insufferable. However, don’t do it for the sake of cheap conference pride or CFP paranoia.

Actually, just do whatever the hell you want. I don’t even know you.


Will the thread commenters break Seth?

Seth Oliveras, one of our wonderful contributors, is tasked with moderating our board during games, as he spends several hours defending our more level-headed commenters against trolls and general dumbasses. However, even the activity of our regular commenters can wear on Seth over a long enough period of time. Shaming him for not being allowed to join me in the fictional C&C Machine skybox (which apparently includes expensive alcohol and dancers), continuously dwelling on a certain squib kick or even mentioning the name of Mike Stoops can grind a kid down.


Will Crimson & Cream Machine’s Facebook commenters say stupid things after the game?

Yes.


Will a PPV commentator refer to Neville Gallimore as “The Canadian Bulldozer?”

During Oklahoma’s 2017 PPV game against Tulane, commentator Dave Anderson got a bit excited after OU defensive lineman Neville Gallimore dealt a vicious hit.

“They call him the Canadian Bulldozer,” Anderson proclaimed.

They, in fact, do not call him “the Canadian Bulldozer”.

Unfortunately, Anderson is not on this year’s broadcast, so the chances of this occurring are slim to none.


In all seriousness, this game does contain some potential storylines. To get a better idea, check out Seth’s post about past FCS games and what we can potentially learn from them.

Prediction

Oklahoma 65, South Dakota 7

Under 75.5