Normally I’m not a big “revenge game” type of capper, but this game also serves as a very good spot for the Sooners.
Last year Texas Tech upset OU in Norman, handing Bob Stoops only his third home loss since he became the Sooner head coach in 1999. To make matters worse, the game was on national television for everyone to see. These are the kinds of games that stick in Bob Stoops craw.
If I’m going to play a revenge game, I’ve always preferred the road revenge game contests. Mainly because I can usually get a better line on the game than if they were playing at home where everybody is already going to anticipate a butt kicking.
OU should get a decent line with the Texas game being the next week. I’m sure many will say OU will be thinking ahead to Texas. But Stoops really doesn’t think that way when it comes to Big 12 conference play…. especially when he has to play on the road.
The important thing is OU will have a bye week before this game. And in fact will have two bye weeks in a three week period before they even play Texas Tech. Plenty of time to gameplan for both the Red Raiders and Texas.
I look for this game to be much different than last year’s game. OU’s defense should be much better prepared and a little meaner under Mike Stoops. I also believe the Sooners are a bit more physical this year on both sides of the ball.
Tech has attempted to make strides on defense by adding some JUCO transfers to make an immediate impact. But I think a quick fix is highly unlikely with this team. Especially with yet another new defensive coordinator, their fourth in four years, and a lack of depth in the secondary will probably catch up with them.
OU simply has too much talent here, and last years game was an uncharacteristic slip by the Sooners. Don’t expect them to make the same mistake twice. OU should win this game comfortably even though it is in Lubbock.