What a conference start for the Sooners.
Tied at the top at 2-0 and sure it sounds crazy, but this is the Big 12, so that’s good – maybe?
Uh, OK. Do we actually know what kind of team Oklahoma is as the Sooners head into their home game Saturday against Kansas State? Well, losers against two teams out of the conference and winners against two teams in the conference doesn’t do a lot to clear things up, other than to say OU seems to be made for the Big 12 and not exactly made to compete beyond the friendly confines of a crumbling conference.
Perhaps this week’s game – as the Sooners seemingly are trending upward, thanks to a pair of Big 12 wins – will give us more information. And using Mr. Consistent, Bill Snyder as a barometer is always a good idea.
Here’s another good idea: Take these 25 predictions to the bank.
Oklahoma has yet to play a complete game this season, showing up for parts of games against Houston, TCU, Texas and Ohio State, but Saturday 1. OU will play its best game of the season and 2. you’ll re-express your love and appreciate of Baker Mayfield. Oh, and 3. you’ll simultaneously re-express your disgust in Trevor Knight for losing to K-State two years ago and 4. shake your head in disappointment about Landry Jones losing to K-State four years ago.
But that was then, and sure, while those Oklahoma teams were better than this year’s team, those K-State teams were better, too. 5. You’ll be looking for a Lockett lining up wide for the Cats but you won’t find one and 6. you’ll be waiting for K-State to burn OU deep on repeated occasion. 7. But that won’t happen either.
8. OU will hold K-State to less than 200 passing yards.
9. Get an interception.
10. Have three or more sacks.
11. Score a defensive touchdown
12. And you’ll actually think defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is back and better than ever.
Yes, Kansas State will be a good indicator of where Oklahoma is, but this Kansas State team is lacking multiple dimensions. Their best side is defense and the Cats will have some success there. 13. OU will punt on its first possession. 14. And its second. But that’s OK, because 15. K-State will go three-and-out on its first possession, too, and 16. Joe Mixon will field the punt successfully.
We might not know what the ultimate result of this Oklahoma team will be but we do know DeDe Westbrook has emerged as the team’s top receiver. He won’t set a Sooner record Saturday, but 15. Westbrook will have more than 100 receiving yards. 16. And two more touchdowns.
We do know Oklahoma wants to run the ball. A week ago it was Samaje Perine running for 200-plus against Texas, and for whatever reason it encouraged K-State defensive end Reggie Walker to say the OU running backs are “easy to tackle. If you do your job, they’ll go down.” Well, Mayfield got hold of that quote and tweeted it out in hopes to add a bit of extra motivation. The result will be:
17. No fumbles from Mixon.
18. 100 yards rushing from Mixon.
19. At least four catches from Mixon.
20. Two touchdowns from Perine.
21. An excessive amount of tweets after the game from Mixon and Mayfield with an “I told you so theme.”
Five games into the season and we still don’t know much about the Sooners. 22. We’ll know more about them by Saturday afternoon. 23. Sooners establish themselves as the best in the Big 12, 24. Beat the Cats, but 25. don’t cover the 14 points in the 38-28 victory.
Last week: 17-8