'JR' Ross, the Black Hat of WWE fame, gives us his lowdown each week on the upcoming Sooner game.
1. Hey, kids do you like vanilla? Count me in if it’s QUALITY, turnover free vanilla. We’ll be served, and smartly so, plenty of vanilla Saturday night on PPV vs. FAMU. Let’s hope those attending create the atmosphere befitting the #5 ranked team in the nation even though some would argue that placement. Can we get 2 quarters of loudness??
2. Sacks. Paper or plastic? None, thank you. Zero. Zilch. Landry Jones’ uniform shouldn’t need to be laundered after this game. While not forgetting about the ballyhooed ‘Belldozer,’ interested to see how QB Drew Allen would do if the opportunity arose. Bottom line, LJ needs to have a relaxing 4th quarter and not be late for supper.
3. Justin Brown. Classy..mature..reliable..handles himself well. The WR/Penn State transfer was a great, late ‘get’. Anxious to see what JUCO WR Lacoltan Bester #18 can do when he’s more physically ready. This just in, Metoyer can be special. Stills in the slot creates interesting matchup issues for the other guys. Watch for #3 this week. Receiving corps should be a strength. Wouldn’t have said that a few weeks ago.
4. Kicking game. Yep, there’s work to do in coverage but knowing that Sooners have Tress Way punting, Michael Hunnicutt placekicking, and Patrick O’Hara kicking off will pay dividends before the season ends. That’s a guarantee and it hasn’t always that ‘way’..no pun intended. Sorry, it’s late.
5. Defensive Line. Getting Casey Walker back for K-State is 309 pounds worth of huge but the depth along the D-Line is one of obvious concern. In no area of the team do the young players need to contribute quicker than on the defensive line. Wish some of those SEC monsters would make their way to Norman.
6. Gabe Ikard. Scary smart..a Cerebral Assassin. We’ll likely be calling him Dr. Ikard or Governor Ikard someday. Plays a major role that’s often overlooked.
7. Running Game. A team that can run the ball makes the clock their pal, copes better on the road and, generally, becomes a tougher, more physical team. Sooners seem to have the RB’s to make it work but it all starts and ends up front.
Big 12 realignment obviously caused the Sooners some scheduling issues and not that the season opener in El Paso wasn’t a fun trip. Plus, with the FAMU Marching 100 band losing a ‘hazer leaves town match,’ this game has little sizzle and might be over by half time. Perhaps it SHOULD be over by half time so the OU coaches can take an extended look at some of the younger players. We’re going to know about as much about the Sooner team before kickoff as we likely will after the game ends. So, enjoy the game tape K-State and we’ll see you in a couple of weeks. Hopefully a healthy and improved group of Stoops Troops will await.