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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.”

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.

Some of my friends who live outside Oklahoma, many on the east coast, have asked how I can seemingly have, as the Eagles have sung for years a “Peaceful Easy Feeling”  about the Oklahoma Sooners being ranked as the #1 college football team in the nation.

They remind me to look at what happened to all the #1’s who lost games that they were not predicted to lose last year. As recently as just last week, the top ten was turned upside down.

Random thoughts from under the black hat from your resident BBQ lovin’, Sooner fan who thinks Saturday night’s game against the 23rd ranked TCU Horned Frogs will be a genuine Slobber-Knocker.

Hopefully the great fans of Oklahoma will remember the term “home field advantage” and be prepared to make a difference. I assure you that the players feed off that sort of thing much more than perhaps many fans think. 

Your resident BBQ lovin’ Sooner fan has never spent any significant time with any Dr. Phil types and I have never been diagnosed as being paranoid.

However,  this week’s long road trip for the Sooners to the state of Washington to play a team that is wounded and playing in front of their Mom’s and Dad’s doesn’t provide me with that “peaceful easy feeling.”