The Oklahoma Sooners are 1-0. Brent Venables got his first win and his first game ball.
Speechless… @CoachVenables #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/oFHl1xVbI7— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 4, 2022
Brent continues to show that this is chapter of his life is not lost on him. I don’t know Brent personally and can’t speak to his character off the field.. but... things like this sure make him likable.
Sooners did the thing Saturday. They won.
Oklahoma handled UTEP pretty easily and took care of business. Is this some 70-3 rout where the story starts like a children’s book? No, but it was sound (which is a welcome change).
Do I need to remind anyone of Tulane last year? Nebraska? Nah, I probably don’t. Oklahoma looking normal is something I just haven’t seen in awhile. I think it is a great sign of a healthy program. BE NORMAL. FOR ONCE.
And they did. What do I complain about this on the air?
- It was fun to read all the different angles on how people took in Coach Venables first game. Here was a great one from Ryan Aber of the Oklahoman from Saturday.
- OU’s offensive line going into week 1 was set in stone once the Wanya Morris suspension came down. Overall, middle of the road performance, and one of those factors was the rotation of left guard. Man, were we confused in the press box why it was happening. Well? We got our answer. I think the Ruf Neks need to start using the smoke as a weapon against opposing offenses instead of on the OU players.
- Nothing like a visual representation of a change of culture? This was fun to take in on Saturday.
The Brent Venables era broke out a new way for the #Sooners to warm up. The team locks arms, walks toward the goal line, and then a RUF/NEK fires their shotgun to send the players to their position coach. pic.twitter.com/qLe9YXAWMs— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) September 5, 2022
- Offensive was fast, sometimes too fast leading to a couple of procedure penalities, but man was Oklahoma moving. Dillon Gabriel ran the offense smooth and didn’t have any turnovers. Safe, competent QB play is a lower bar than the New York-bound signal callers OU fans have known as of late. However, after last season the Sooners will take a clean game with some tempo as lined out here by Bobby P.
- Nothing like a surprising true freshman making an impact. Obviously we all know Jaren Kanak but Saturday the freshman that flashed the most was R Mason Thomas. Ted Roof agrees.
- Honestly, I missed this last week. But my guy Eli Lederman from the Tulsa World wrote a great piece here over coach Venables. 10 out of 10 worth the read.
- Happy birthday, Micah Bowens!
That dude. Happy birthday @micah_bowens! #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/8ygckboM02— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 6, 2022
Is anything else going on?
- Stephen A Smith doesn’t know much about college football.. but even I have to admit that this was funny. Stephen A is making a point that is valid on some level, but Paul just not knowing how to react is what really does it for me. He laughs at the start and then for the next 40 seconds is thinking “is this guy still talking?”
.@stephenasmith sounds off on LSU's loss to FSU— First Take (@FirstTake) September 5, 2022
"That might be the worse performance by a special teams unit in college football history." pic.twitter.com/y8Z93ir8Gu
- I mean, think was a little too easy right? Also NO ONE TRY THIS AND FOR SURE DON’T DM A VIDEO OF ATTEMPTING THIS. FOR SURE DON’T DO THAT.
We all got that one buddy… pic.twitter.com/Gxa4YkE77L— that SEC podcast (@thatSECpodcast) September 5, 2022
“I wonder why all these SoCal recruits keep leaving the region?”— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) September 6, 2022
Season kickoff at UCLA: pic.twitter.com/Qp16x8tLNS
Am I allowed to post other stuff? Ya know what, ask forgiveness not permission.
- I mean. Come on. I saw the fans who wore these jerseys to the game together but the actual players..? It’s just too good.
September 6, 2022
Talk to you knuckleheads Friday.