Since this is the intro song for OSU, I thought I might play it to show off how awesome it is. And by awesome I mean embarrassing. Welcome to the final week of the regular season. I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving yesterday, and enjoyed the great football this weekend as well. I also hope that several of you have been up since 5am and taking advantage of the door-busters at your local shopping centers. (Just a reminder, there are only 28 days left until Christmas. 35 until New Years). This season has been a long journey, and I am sure that many of you wish that it would be over already. But alas, we must finish off Ok-State tomorrow and maintain our home win streak.
Since it is the final game of the season, I would like to take a moment and reflect on some of the pre-season predictions that I made in the week 1 post. I posted my predictions, as well as my thoughts how they turned out. So here we go:
1. Jimmy Stevens will win the texas game Vinatieri-style & the Lou Groza Award
Little Jimmy had his chances in the texas game, but missed. Had he made it, he would have at least had a chance at the end of regulation or possibly overtime to win the game. He is nowhere close to winning the Lou Groza. The only positive from his downfall has been the emergence of Patrick O’Hara.
2. Sam Bradford will sing alongside Bono at the U2 concert in Norman
Bradford didn’t even finish the game against texas. Instead of joining U2 on stage, he was in Alabama preparing for surgery. While he might not perform after a victory, there is still a chance he could make an appearance at the Trans-Siberian Orchestra or 3OH!3 concerts in December.
3. Texas will use another mode of transportation to whine about something
Now the season is still not over, yet. I predicted they would use a boat, which is still in the realm of possibilities. Here is how it could happen: Nebraska could beat texas next Saturday for the Big XII title. A Nebraska win would automatically send the Huskers to the Fiesta Bowl. A texas loss would result in Cincinnati or TCU playing the winner of the SEC title game. Texas, having 1 loss, would say that they deserve to play Florida/Alabama because their schedule is harder than Cincinnati or TCU. They would also say that not every conference has to play a conference title game. Texas would also reference the 2003 OU team who lost to K-State, but still played for the BCS title. Where the boat comes into play is the tricky part. It would be difficult to use one in land-locked Nebraska. One could be used in Fort Worth along the Trinity River, which happens to be located only a couple miles from the TCU campus, and run through the heart of Fort Worth.
Now about the game that we call Bedlam. I would like to take you back to 2002. If you remember correctly, we visited Stillwater, with BCS aspirations, since we only had 1 loss (to Texas A&M, 30-26). We came into Stillwater, and got man-handled by a Les Miles-coached team, and lost 38-28. That loss ended any hopes OU had at playing for the title game, and we ended up beating Washington State in the Rose Bowl. Now let’s talk present-day. OSU is ranked #12 and has hopes of making a BCS bowl (the first in their history). They too will be playing on the road and against an underdog team, with hopes of spoiling their post-season dreams. This is basically OU’s chance for payback from 2002. It’s not very often that we play a ranked OSU squad, while we are unranked. We also must protect the home win streak. We have not lost at home since September 3, 2005. That’s 29 straight games. The longest streak in the country. With that, I say we go out there and get our 80th victory in the Bedlam Series and 30th straight victory at home.