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.
As the old expression goes, “one can’t grieve forever.” Just in case some Sooner fans have been too focused on who replaces Ryan Reynolds at middle linebacker, how to “fix” the Sooner running game, is Sam Bradford the leading candidate to win the Heisman Trophy, and what’s it going to take to improve the OU special teams, let me gently remind everyone that the Sooners can still get to the Promised Land and the concept for doing so is simplistic.
Tend to our own business and win one game at a time.
Most football experts, or those that like to think that they are, don’t expect any BCS team to “run the table” this season. I am far from an expert but I do agree with these pundits on this particular matter. Case in point is BYU Thursday night in Ft. Worth losing to TCU. Obviously, Penn State has a solid chance to run the table in the Big 10 but Joe Pa’s team must win in Columbus and some feel that Alabama has a fair shot as well in winning out but I need to see it to believe it. With all that said, the Sooners are still, with one loss, deeply involved in the National Title hunt. Yes, I’m counting on Texas losing in the next three weeks to Mizzou, Oklahoma State, or in Lubbock which might work out to be the biggest college football game ever played in West Texas.
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