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field in the Cotton Bowl? I think LJ will give a good account of himself.
Depends on which SOONER D shows up. Will it be the daffodils and daisies defense or piss and vinegar? Wonder if Saunders will play? Landry will still have plenty weapons and a rejuvenated O-line which played very well as it was before.
Scrambling Yes, Running Yes,Throwing NO
This post was edited by grumpysooner 16 months ago
Disagree. However OU's defense plays does not make their QB any better. If OU's defense plays poorly it makes things easier for thier QB, and if OU's defense plays well it makes things harder for their QB. However, their QB's ability to play football does not change.
Should be a GREAT day to watch two very very good QB's.
Both are pretty even in the passing stats:
A&M Comp.% 66.96 Yards per Pass 8.33
OU Comp % 65.33 Yards per Pass 7.85
I think Manziel probably has the edge running the ball.
Should be a good game!
Let's see how Johnny "the Man" Manziel does over his career, that is the only way that comparison can be made. LJ still gets no respect...
NO, Landry better QB. Johnny better athlete/playmaker.
What do you mean "which defense"? That would imply that we've got more than one.
The OU D will decide if OU has a chance in this game or not. Our offense can't be expected to put up 50+ points a game and they also might be a bit "rusty" after the layoff. Johnny Football can take off 3 weeks (which he basically will after winning the Heisman) and not miss a beat. It's not a good matchup for OU but we'll see.
Hopefully the defensive front four can play as well as they did against TCU, also make tackles.
The offensive line can use the rest.
It could be a match up nightmare, but I like our chances with MS having 3 weeks to prepare.
Oh, and I just have that feeling that Landry will have a great game!
This post was edited by Mysterio1 16 months ago
.....a better question might be, given approx a month to prepare, which coaching staff has the advantage, if any..........
Landry has not lost a bowl game - ever. He will play well. If Mike comes up with a good defensive scheme our D will play well. In the Heisman show it was reported that 40 percent of Johhny Midget's passing yards were on scramble plays. We must contain Johnny. See Johnny. See Johnny run. Not.
Why will OU probably be rusty, and Johny Heisman won't miss a beat? Hunch? Insider info? Clairvoyance?
If our D plays great it keeps their QB off the field and gives ours more chances. My opinion is concerning this one game so if you ask me who is the better QB my opinion would be Landry based on career and not one season. I also believe a healthy and refreshed D. Williams coupled with fresh line and Millard will offset what Johnny Football will do on the ground leaving Landry's arm the decided advantage.
I'm sorry, but what makes you think our D is capable of playing great?
This game is totally on the offense. If LJ and co come out hot and stay hot, then we have a chance. That is our only chance.
One advantage (probably slight) is that JM's running (planned) and scrambling (ad lib) will be expected. I expect the Sooners to use a 4 man DL with at least 2 real LBs.
Mike Stoops and 3 weeks to work! His D has shown promise at times and I have seen a couple of big stops of late when the game is on the line. We lost to KSU but the D played very well minus the last drive, TEXASS game was outstanding D and if you take out the reserves in the last quarter the stats would have been outrageous as stats go in the Big? I was at most games and was impressed with our D in Ft. Worth against the toads. And as I recall we were supposed to lose to Taco Tech in their house but the D showed up big time. Special teams will be critical as well for field position and minimize our 3 and outs and we will be ok. Let's just say I have a hunch and we are due to pitch a complete game.
How many of the bad spots the defense was in was because of bad plays by the offense - especially having to come onto the field after Jones threw an interception (e.g., KSU getting the ball on the OU 38 ((or whatever) or some other momemtum killing play by the offensive players or coaches (as in some of the Belldozer package calls - not all but some).
The two games OU lost were arguably offensive mistakes (Jones fumbles inside the OU 5 with KSU recovering and a TD, Bell fumbles inside the KSU 10, Jones throws the interception mentioned above leading to a KSU score - that's 21 points in one game and OU lost by 5. The OU defense carried the day and bailed out the offense at the TCU game (per Jones' own words). The WVU game seemed to be closer than it should due in large part to offensive miscues. The same was true with the UTEP game - could Jeffers (the UTEP RB have run all day if the offensive had its act together? Even the ND game was close until the 4th QTR and it seemed to me the landslide for ND started with OU offensive (another Jones' interception) mistakes.
My only point is OU has been bad at times in all three phases of the game, has been confusing at times in all three phases of the game, and has been spectactular at times in all three phases of the game. The Cotton Bowl would be a good time for the OU team as a whole (to include the coaches) to show and play well - it is not all defensive woes.
I will concede somewhat that OU's defense is not completely inept. However, it is worth mentioning that those three teams mentioned - tex, ND and tcu field very average offenses. That overrated TT team went on to drop four of its next 7 games after OU exposed them. A good win nonetheless as TT finished the year ranked 15th in total offense.
tex, nd & tcu finished ranked #52, #38 & #68 respectfully. Not necessarily impressive. nd still posted their 3rd highest point total of the season in Norman.
It's worth noting that our last three shootouts in which the defense seemed to be playing for the overs against baylor, wvu & osu - those teams finished #1, #9 & #5 in total O. And none of those QBs were true Johnny Football type scramblers.
BTW, aTm finish ranked 3rd in total offense.
Do you see the bases of my concern now?
If LJ has a near perfect game and our D can come up with a stop at the perfect time, I give us a 50/50 shot.
How is that an advantage? You don't think other teams tried to game plan for him and were unsuccessful?
Roger and agree in large measure with your comments about the defense. I just would not bank the game on the OU offense either though.
I think if OU plays just solidly in all three phases with a well coached (designed) gameplan, then OU wins and in a convincing fashion. I think OU is simply better than their play over the year has demonstrated.
You refer to a 19 year old boy as "Johnny Football"? Is he your hero? Kind of ghey don't you think?
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