What a difference a week makes. Was it perfect? Was it pretty? Nope.
WAS IT BETTER? Well, at least on offense. WHICH IS SOMETHING.
So you should take the dub and move on. Dillon Gabriel obviously made a major difference. The offense put up over 700 yards of offense and 52 points on the heels of the 0 point game against Texas. Which, transparently, makes last week even more notable, but I am not here to make you go through the mental gymnastics with which I live.
Oklahoma pulled itself up from the nose dive. It honestly can’t be overstated how ‘south’ things could of gone if they didn’t. We are talking about recruits being a concern for 2023. The portal being a concern right now. The coaching staff potentially looking for greener pastures and calmer waters.
But, 52-42, and it’s all moot. Winning is the best medicine you can take.
- I get it, there are frankly so many other storylines to take from this game. But, the number one thing that I think I took away? Goodness Oklahoma has some pass catching depth. Wease, Stoops, Freeman all feel like afterthoughts when you consider how good Mimms, Willis and Farooq have looked in the past three weeks despite all the offensive madness. Ryan Chapman digs into the WR room on All Sooners.
- Joe Buettner shows you what I said for three hours Monday on my radio show. Eric Gray has been amazing. How amazing? Check this out below.
#Sooners RB Eric Gray through seven games— Joe Buettner (@JoeBuettner) October 16, 2022
• 1st in Big 12 in rush yard/attempt: 7.2
• 2nd in Big 12 in rushing yards: 695
• 3rd in Big 12 in rush yards/game: 99.3 pic.twitter.com/TBYDg3hHaa
- Ya know, OU won but they gave up 42 points. But ya know? They won. But seriously, the backup up QB had 42 points? Eli Lederman gives it a better break down here than I did about how good the defense played.
- So many storylines and not enough time, so Ryan Aber dug into what exactly our expecation should be for what we can take from the first confrence win of the season.
- Sooner Scoop’s Monday Morning Idiot is always a great read. Josh hit us with an incredible breakdown this week, and I do identify as a Monday Morning idiot for the record.
- CJ Coldon’s interception? Amazing. Gavin Freeman’s sideline catch? Outstanding. A Bob Przyblo article hitting us with the biggest 5 plays of the game? Much needed. Shoutout to my friend Bobby Queso.
- Oklahoma has a reaffirmed commitment from a defensive lineman, and its no doubt that OU fans needed it with how the past few weeks have gone from a “storyline” standpoint.
#Sooners top 100 and four-star DL commit @getrightderrick on his official visit with #OU this weekend.— Brandon Drumm (@BrandonDrumm247) October 18, 2022
LeBlanc is in with #Oklahoma. https://t.co/MUO4DPAUS9
- Welcome back to October. Its colder. Darker. The only time of the year I eat soup and every kickoff is at 11am again.
Kick times and TV networks for the #Big12FB games on 10/29 ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/1Z9E6YY2YH— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 17, 2022
- Obiously we had a few freshman find themselves on the field like Robert Spears-Jennings. Who are the young guys we should could keep circled for the remainder of the year? Lovelace (who I met for the first time this weekend) did the work for you.
- Pro Football Talk reports that the Panther’s have informed Baker that it is no guartee that he will be the starter once he is fully recovered. That job will need to be earned. Baker’s revenge tour didn’t last long. Obviously he will always have a place in Norman but his NFL career might be winding down quicker than we thought.
- However, Oklahoma did have some NFL guys GO OFF on Sunday. Rhomandre Stevenson might be like a guy ya know? OU Daily gives us a recap here.
- Basketball season is just around the corner, so Porter Moser brought his beard to Kansas City for Big 12 Media Day.
The most interesting man in college basketball look goes to @PorterMoser of @OU_MBBall. @MarchMadnessMBB pic.twitter.com/Rpqm1dbLNq— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) October 19, 2022
Anything else going on?
- The Athletic did the math and cranked out what the bowl matchups would be if the season ended today. Minus ever OU fan losing their mind, I am kind of in on this.
- This one is more just sage advice than a real post. Always read Ari Wasserman’s mailbag. You will get a chuckle and if you aren’t careful maybe something to make you think.
Talk to you Friday, knuckleheads.