COLUMN: OU's schedule is going to get harder before it gets any easier
Ben Williams, The Oklahoma Daily
The Big 12 is scary.
This weekend, Big 12 teams scored a combined 271 points — and that’s with OU, Kansas and Kansas State on bye weeks — that’s ridiculous.
The Sooners still have eight teams to play in the Big 12 — and No. 9 Notre Dame (who are giving up only nine points per game).
Bottom line is, the Sooners have no easy games left on their schedule (except maybe against Kansas on Oct. 20 in Norman).
But, outside of the Jayhawks, it is a rough road for the Sooners here on out.
OU heads to Lubbock, where it hasn’t won since 2003, on Saturday to take on a Texas Tech team with the same quarterback, same top receiver and a No. 1 running back that was hurt last year. So, it’s a better team than a year ago, when the Red Raiders beat OU in Norman.
Weird things happen in Lubbock, and the Sooners better be ready if they want to leave with a win.
Then, it’s time for the Red River Rivalry. After two years of the Sooners handling the Longhorns in Dallas is looking good.
UT looks much better than it has in the last few years, beating Oklahoma State, 41-36, on Saturday. The Longhorns are No. 11 in the nation, and the game will be a tough one to be sure at The Cotton Bowl.
So then it’s a third bye week, oh sorry, Kansas will be in Norman that week. That’s a win.
So then it’s Notre Dame on Oct. 27. “Gameday” better be at that game, which has all the makings of a classic.
That’s a pretty treacherous stretch, and the Sooners still have five games left, including at West Virginia, Bedlam and at TCU to finish the season.
Toss in Baylor at home and Iowa State in a trap game in Ames, and you have the makings of a seriously alarming schedule the rest of the way.
But, that aside, can OU keep up with any of them? The Baylor-West Virginia game was a case of first to 70 wins, with West Virginia narrowly winning the race.
But, there was no defense in that game … like at all.
Can OU keep up a pace like that with an offense that only could muster 19 points against K-State?
Never has the anti-SEC philosophy been so apparent in the Big 12 as it is this year. And the Sooners aren’t exactly the offensive juggernaut they have been in the past. Senior quarterback Landry Jones is struggling, the running game is inconsistent at best and the defense has basically followed suit with the rest of the conference.
OU’s postseason hopes and season are far from over, but if the Sooners don’t pick it up in a big way, the problems of this season could escalate quickly, I mean, it could really get out of hand fast.
Kedric Kitchens is a journalism junior and sports editor for The Daily. You can follow him on Twitter at @KedricKitchens.