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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross loves a lot of things in life. WWE, BBQ and his beloved Oklahoma Sooners football team. As the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl games get underway today, JR offers his picks for the winners, the losers and the Sooners for the 2009 Bowl season.

Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Penn State vs. Southern Cal

Editor's Note: Jim Ross of course is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, owner of J.R.’s Family BBQ, but a life long Sooner fan who has written three best selling books and has appeared weekly on national TV for over 25 years.

Firstly, here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Being Sooner fans, we all have much to be thankful for and should count our blessings for the football season that Stoops Troops has provided us.

Editor's Note: Here's the first of Jim's weekly pre-game blogs. Jim Ross of course is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, owner of J.R.’s Family BBQ, but a life long Sooner fan who has written three best selling books and has appeared weekly on national TV for over 25 years.

Editor's Note: Here's Jim's weekly pre-game blog. Jim Ross of course is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, owner of J.R.’s Family BBQ, but a life long Sooner fan who has written three best selling books and has appeared weekly on national TV for over 25 years.

A road game in the Big 12 Conference, to quote the Eagles, does not give me a “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, especially at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas in the Texas A&M Aggies last home game of 2008.

It’s not the “Game of the Century” but make no mistake about it the Oklahoma-Nebraska game in Norman Saturday night is extremely important because it’s the “next game” and, for the Sooners, winning the “next game” is imperative to be able to continue to travel the rocky roads to the Promised Land.

Can OU still contend for a National Title this season? Of course they can but it’s an obviously huge challenge and a long shot. But so were the Tampa Bay Rays making it to the World Series.
Bottom line is…..win the “next game.”

Yours truly is still in Phoenix for a few more hours before I hop on a Southwest Airlines jet bound for San Diego. Mondays after a PPV are not my favorite days of the week and are the days I miss being a part of Raw the most.

Nonetheless, “one can’t grieve forever” and here’s some random thoughts......

Not being unbiased whatsoever, I thought the two Smackdown bouts at Cyber Sunday were the best bouts of the night.

The ‘Taker-Show heavyweight fight was physical and had a really good pace. There’s no doubt that both men will be sore as Hell for a few days.

After an impressive victory over an offensively talented and well coached Kansas team last week in the friendly confines of the Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium, the Oklahoma Sooners travel north to play the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan in what some pundits feel is the proverbial “trap game” for OU.

One can certainly ask the question after playing the likes of TCU, Texas, and KU in three of the past four weeks are the Sooners due to mentally have an “off day?” Will last year’s road woes return and become problematic for Stoops’ Troops?

I don’t know about you but I am over the second guessing, the “poor us” inferences, conjecture about “bad officiating” and all the other fallout from the Cotton Bowl that has been analyzed more in these parts than Obama-McCain this week after the Sooners’ loss to Texas last Saturday before the largest crowd to ever see the greatest rivalry in college football.

Editor's Note: Here's  Jim's weekly pre-game blog. Jim Ross of course is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, owner of J.R.’s Family BBQ, but a life long Sooner fan who has written three best selling books and has appeared weekly on national TV for over 25 years.

WWE Hall of Fame broadcaster, Jim Ross, will appear on ESPN's College Football Live this Friday at 3:30/2:30 Central. J.R. will discuss the upcoming Oklahoma-Texas Red River Rivalry college football show down this Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.

J.R. Has been a life long, devoted Sooner fan and will be on the Sooner sideline for one of the biggest, most eagerly anticipated college football games of the year pitting the #1 ranked Sooners against the #5 ranked Longhorns.