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Is A 3-4 Defensive Scheme In OU's Near Future?

Is A 3-4 Defensive Scheme In OU's Near Future? | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: It would not be surprising if this article was "on the mark", as the defensive perfromance since 2008 has been average, if not poor.  Something has be done given the shortage of defensive tackle talent and the recruiting difficulties that have been well documented by the mainstream press.  The concern with going to the 3-4 is our linebacker depth and talent, as well as, the hybrids that the Sooners employ were the linebackers and safteys are largely interchangable.  The "hybrid experiment" was utilized to try and slow down the spread being used by the majority of Big12 teams, but it is vulnerable to the run as we have a ll witnessed.  West Virginia's Austin showed us how vulnerable we are when utlizing the hybrids regardless of the scheme.  This Spring will be very interesting with the change in personnel and schemes, not too mention if the coaches change rumors turn out ot be true.  What do you think about the Sooners potentially employing a 3-4 defense?


Article Excerpt: "On the heels of the worst defensive season in Bob Stoops' 14-year tenure as head coach, he and brother Mike are going back to the drawing board."


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The longest Day Of The 2012 Season, A Humiliating 63-21 Loss To Oklahoma

The longest Day Of The 2012 Season, A Humiliating 63-21 Loss To Oklahoma | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: Here is a late Christmas gift for all Sooner fans: A look at how the other side saw the 2012 season unfold.  We have a lot to be thankful for given how the season played out. The horns would gladly switch the results with us. Sorry...for the late gift, but hope you enjoy!  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: There’s still some football remaining to be played — Texas closes its season on Saturday, against Oregon State — but the regular-season story has already been told.


How did the Longhorns end up in the Alamo Bowl? Here are 10 plays — some good, some bad, all season-turning and, collectively, season-defining — from Texas’ 8-4 season that have played critical parts to the story of the season:

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Oklahoma Sooners Need Help From Texas To Make BCS

Oklahoma Sooners Need Help From Texas To Make BCS | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commnetary:  Well this article is right about one of the BCS qualifying scenarios, but there are others.  So, no one needs to get to caught up in the "help from Texas thing" as it will be a crazy game i am sure of that.  K-State is the better team, but as we have seen so far this season anything can happen on any given day.  I still believe that the Sooners will get a BCS bowl bid, but it will be close.  What do you think?


Article Excerpt: The BCS Championship and Rose Bowl matchups will be decided this weekend. The ACC, Big 12 and Big East champions will all get an automatic bid, leaving only three at-large bids. Florida and Oregon are likely to be guaranteed a bid with each school being ranked in the top 5 of the BCS, leaving one bid open. If Kent State beats Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship this weekend, it will likely take the final at-large bid by jumping into the top 16.


The Sooners need some help.


Oklahoma has to beat TCU in its final conference game and then root for Texas. The Sooners have to hope that a team they beat by 42 points can upset Kansas State at home. If Texas is unable to beat Kansas State, then Oklahoma may be shut out of the BCS picture completely.

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Gameday: Five storylines - OU vs. West Virginia

Gameday: Five storylines - OU vs. West Virginia | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary:  It is gameday!  Sooner4OU predicts the Sooner win 42-28 in Morgantown.  What is your prediction?  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: The Sooners travel to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers on Saturday. Here are five storylines to keep an eye on:


1. How will the Sooners react to their first trip to Morgantown, W. Va.?


No player in the program has played at West Virginia. Milan Puskar Stadium is generally an unpleasant place to play for opponents but the Mountaineers have lost to Kansas State and TCU in their last two home games.


The road atmosphere isn’t likely to be as rowdy as expected when the season began and this was considered one of the Big 12’s marquee games of 2012.

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All Hands On Deck For OU Secondary vs. WVU

All Hands On Deck For OU Secondary vs. WVU | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: The Sooner secondary, especiallyTony jefferson have been playing at a really high-level.  The only caveat to that is the 3rd down conversions that the whole defense has been giving up must improve from the last couple of performances.  If they can improve in that area they should provide a serious challenge to the pinball machine offense at West Virginia.  Personally, I think the Sooner defense is up to the challenge and the Sooner offense will take advantage of the horrible WVU defense and put OU in a position to win by 10 or more.  What do you think?


Article Excerpt: In a matter of weeks, Oklahoma's secondary has gone from question mark to unquestioned strength in one of the nation's top defenses.


Before the season began, it was easy for Sooners fans to look at Oklahoma's game against West Virginiawith trepidation.


The Mountaineers' offense is triggered by quarterback Geno Smith and features a bevy of talented pass-catchers. WVU was a potential nightmare for a Sooners defense with several question marks in the secondary.


Nine games later, the Sooners' secondary is the foundation of the nation's No. 8 pass defense.


"Our guys have played well and competed," said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, who also coaches OU's secondary.

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Poll: Who Wins on Saturday? Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Tech Red Raiders

Poll: Who Wins on Saturday? Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Tech Red Raiders | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4oU Commentary: I love that the Sooners are heavily favored on this poll from the Lubbock radio station.  Now, we just need that poll result to come true .  Go to the poll and give the Sooners a boost.  


Article Excerpt: There is a big football game Saturday at 2:30pm at Jones AT&T Stadium between Texas Tech and Oklahoma. The Sooners come to town with a record of 2-1 after losing to Kansas State two weeks ago. The Red Raiders are 4-0 and currently have the number one ranked defense in the country. If OU loses, they are basically done in the Big 12 this year, but if they win they are back in the hunt. If Tech wins, it could turn doubters into believers and go a long way for Coach Tommy Tuberville. OU is favored, but they haven’t won in Lubbock since 2003.

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Two Game Texas Trip Set to Provide True Identity for Sooners

Two Game Texas Trip Set to Provide True Identity for Sooners | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

You hear that? That’s the sound of alarms going off in thousands of households across the city of Norman.


But is it too early to be reaching for the panic button?


Following the Oklahoma Sooners’ shocking home loss to Kansas State—a game in which weak run defense and lousy ball control contributed heavily toward the outcome—the fans have every right to be hysteric.


According to a recent Bleacher Report poll, the large majority of Sooner Nation has lost their faith in the on-field product head coach Bob Stoops has sent out this season. Recent comments made by an Oklahoma legend, former head coach Barry Switzer, aren’t going to help much in that department.


But just like every crime suspect is innocent until proven guilty, this Oklahoma squad’s season is alive and well until proven otherwise.

In fact, their next two games will serve as their trial.

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Oklahoma, Fox Sports Reach 10-year Agreement For Sooner Sports TV

Oklahoma, Fox Sports Reach 10-year Agreement For Sooner Sports TV | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Oklahoma launched its response to rival Texas’ $300 million Longhorn Network on Wednesday, announcing a 10-year partnership with Fox Sports to air games live along with original content in a Sooner Sports TV programming package.


Instead of a round-the-clock dedicated channel similar to the Longhorn Network, Oklahoma will broadcast occasional blocks of programming on Fox’s regional sports networks and nationally on Fox College Sports.


The arrangement will allow for live game broadcasts of Oklahoma men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and Olympic sports as well as pregame and postgame shows for football games, football coach Bob Stoops’ weekly television show and coverage of the annual spring football game.

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2012 NCAA College Football AP Poll - Big12 Has Six in Top 25

2012 NCAA College Football AP Poll - Big12 Has Six in Top 25 | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Check out the 2012 college football AP poll and rankings for week 1.  The Big12 Has Six in Top 25 going into the season.

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Ranking the Big 12's top 25 players: No. 18 Kenny Stills

Ranking the Big 12's top 25 players: No. 18 Kenny Stills | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Our official list of the Big 12's top 25 players entering the 2012 season marches on. Here's more on my criteria for who makes it, who doesn't, and who lands where.


The official list is locked away in a vault in an undisclosed location, but we'll be revealing one player a day leading up to the season.


Number 18 is Kenny Stills from Oklahoma.

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New Sooner Additions Show Promise; Veteran's Shine

New Sooner Additions Show Promise; Veteran's Shine | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said he couldn’t comment on wide receiver Justin Brown, who is transferring to OU from Penn State. Brown still hasn’t officially become a member of the team.


“Just like recruiting, until someone signs a national letter of intent or this case until they sign at admissions, I don’t think I’m allowed to speak to that,” Stoops said.


Brown, a senior who caught 35 passes for 517 yards last season, was scheduled to arrive in Norman on Monday. He’s already been removed from the roster on Penn State’s Website. Brown will be eligible to play this season.


Slot work: Running back Roy Finch did some work at slot receiver during the brief portion of Monday’s practice that was open to the media.

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OU Lineman Knows Nicks Are Part Of The Game

OU Lineman Knows Nicks Are Part Of The Game | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Getting “banged up” is part of being an offensive lineman. Dealing with constant aches and pains is a fact of life. Those who can’t handle it usually find something else to do. Oklahoma center Ben Habern knows this better than most.

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OU's Belldozer Lives On!

OU's Belldozer Lives On! | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Landry Jones has never wavered from his public support for the short-yardage package that relegates him to the sideline and bears his backup's name.

The quarterback, who, in many ways, is the most prolific in Sooner history, wants to win football games above all else. If it means occasionally swallowing his pride and trading places with Blake Bell, so be it.

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Former Sooners Voice Frustrations With Oklahoma Football

Former Sooners Voice Frustrations With Oklahoma Football | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: It is a wake-up sign when some of your most storied former players begin to publicly criticize the program.  It is time for some change and I believe that Stoops and the Administration are hearing the discontent regardless of a select few that say they don't care.  If Barry came be moved out, then anybody can.  Nobody is bigger than the University and the program.  Nobody!  What are your thoughts?  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: There's a growing chorus of Sooner alumns singing the same song. I'm not happy with Oklahoma football seems to be the basic, boiled down tune. First came Brian Bosworth live tweeting his thoughts on the Cotton Bowl game as the Sooners got destroyed 41-13. Then Spencer Tillman went onto Yahoo! Radio and discussed “OU’s Four Years of Frustration.”

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Flawed Computer Polls Facilitating Kent State's Possible BCS Run At OU's Expense

Flawed Computer Polls Facilitating Kent State's Possible BCS Run At OU's Expense | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary:  The entire Sooner Nation needs to be big Northern Illinois supporters this weekend.  Northern Illinois must beat Kent State to ensure that OU's get an At-Large bid to the BCS if they beat TCU this weekend.  The new Non-quailfier rules are in full affect and could be damaging to OU's efforts.  There are other ways for OU to get in the BCS mix, but this is the most likely.  Go Huskies (Northern Illinois that is)!  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: Oklahoma appears headed for a BCS at-large bid, most likely a trip to the Sugar Bowl. While it hasn't been a perfect season in Norman, the Sooners have a 9-2 record with losses to Kansas State and Notre Dame, two top-10 teams. They blew out Texas in the Red River Rivalry. Moreover, they will survive the Big 12 with a single conference loss if they can beat TCU on Saturday. There are four at-large slots available for teams that did not win their conference, and OU will line up fourth behind Notre Dame, Florida and Oregon should Kansas St. win the Big 12 on Saturday with a win over Texas.


But Oklahoma could lose its BCS bid to Kent State.

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Comebacks keep No. 12 Sooners in Big 12 Title Race

Comebacks keep No. 12 Sooners in Big 12 Title Race | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary:  It should be an exciting upcoming weekend for Sooner fans and that is saying something given the close calls of the past two weeks. Depending on which BCS bowl you are hoping for we need a win and a loss by others to get OU selected into a BCS bowl, either Fiesta or Sugar.  They can also win the Big12  outright or share in the title based on whether K-State wins or loses, assuming OU wins.  So, it will be exciting to watch ad probably a bit nerve-wracking.  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: Given a choice, Landry Jones would rather avoid the type of late-game heroics he's had to provide for Oklahoma on two straight Saturdays.


Even so, he's not about to trade away the experiences he's had in rallying the Sooners to back-to-back wins when they simply had to score a touchdown in the final 30 seconds to win.


"You always remember those tight games," Jones said. "You always remember the games where you come from behind and you get a victory."


The Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) won in the final moments of regulation at West Virginia, then tied the Bedlam rivalry with 4 seconds left before beating Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime on Saturday night.


After failing to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit and win for five years, Oklahoma has done it in back-to-back games to stay right in the thick of the Big 12 championship chase.

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WVU Perspective: Sooners Defense Out To Dominate 

WVU Perspective: Sooners Defense Out To Dominate  | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: The Sooners are number 20 in total defense in the NCAA and I hope this article is right and OU's defense brings it on Saturday night and becomes part of the highlight reel for a big Sooner victory.  Boomer!


Article Excerpt: A year ago, Oklahoma finished No. 55 in total defense and No. 31 in scoring defense.


The Sooners went 10-3 and the defensive numbers weren't embarrassing for a product of the Big 12 Conference.


Yet the Sooners lost three conference games and gave up 41, 44 and 45 points. Oklahoma had only given up 40 points or more four times after allowing 48 to West Virginia in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.


"Last year, we were much better than the way we played, but there were just a lot of mental errors," Sooners senior cornerback Demontre Hurst said. "It all comes down to getting together as a team and focusing on an attitude before the game, because we don't want to play like we did last year."


Attitude is an interesting word because even with the recruiting classes and the big bodies and athletic players across the field, opponents marvel at the assertiveness with which the Sooners play.

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West Virginia Is In The Way Of OU's BCS Bowl Hopes

West Virginia Is In The Way Of OU's BCS Bowl Hopes | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Commentary: This week's game has become bigger with Alabama's loss and K-State moving in to the top slot in the BCS rankings. If OU can get the job done in Morgantown then they are lining themselves up for a potential BCS bowl bid. If they continue to win out, a slot in the Fiesta Bowl becomes very likely.


Article Excerpt: Sooners still hope to get a BCS bowl bid, while the Mountaineers are targeting a bowl, period.


During July's Big 12 Media Days, lots of anticipatory chatter centered around a game that was nearly four months away.


West Virginia defensive end Will Clarke, speaking then of his team's late-season showdown with Oklahoma, said, “In every season, you always have that one game that everyone circles, either in their mind, or their apartment, or somewhere.”


Saturday, as was expected, a coveted BCS berth will be on the line — for one team, at least — when the Big 12 stalwart and flashy newcomer meet in Morgantown.

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Oklahoma Winless At Texas Tech Since 2003

Oklahoma Winless At Texas Tech Since 2003 | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it
Bob Stoops insists there's nothing spooky about playing in Lubbock, Texas.


Concerning Oklahoma, the evidence suggests otherwise. The Sooners haven't beaten Texas Tech in Lubbock since 2003.


Saturday, Stoops' scuffling Sooners will travel back to Texas Tech's Jones AT&T Stadium, otherwise known in Norman as a house of horrors. OU has lost three straight to the Red Raiders in Lubbock -- suffering defeats controversial, gut-wrenching and flat-out embarrassing.


"I don't know what it is about that place," said senior defensive end David King, one of only nine current Sooners to ever play in Lubbock. "Maybe there's something in the water there."


Yet to avoid falling to 0-2 in the Big 12 for the first time under Stoops, OU will have to expel the curse of Lubbock, where the Sooners haven't won since 2003.

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Oklahoma football: Game in Lubbock might offer more problems than just Texas Tech

Oklahoma football: Game in Lubbock might offer more problems than just Texas Tech | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

In previous years, Red Raider fans threw batteries, coins and food at OU players and coaches.


Lubbock, Texas, may just be the worst place with the worst fans for the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners haven't won in Lubbock since 2003. And to make the nightmare worse for OU fans, Texas Tech was the first opponent to expose the Sooners' 2011 flaws — and the Red Raiders did it in Norman, a place where Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops rarely gets beaten.


Back in August at Big 12 Media Days, The Oklahoman asked players from around the Big 12 what the most difficult stadium was to play in besides their own. A few players said Texas A&M — even though A&M is longer a part of the Big 12, they said nothing compared to Kyle Field. Other players mentioned Texas Tech, and not just the most difficult stadium to play in. Some said it also had the worst fans.


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SEC vs. Big 12: Sooners have the best shot

SEC vs. Big 12: Sooners have the best shot | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

The Big 12 got two swipes (should have been a third in 2011) at the SEC during the league's run of six national titles, but failed on both occasions.


Colt McCoy's shoulder suffered a freak injury on a usually harmless hit, and when McCoy trotted to the sideline, the Longhorns' chances of beating Alabama came off the field with him.


A season earlier, Florida twice stuffed Oklahoma on the goal line, giving Tim Tebow his second national title and denying the Sooners the school's eighth.

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Big 12 title could be on line when Sooners visit Morgantown - NewsandSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Big 12 title could be on line when Sooners visit Morgantown - NewsandSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Parkersburg News and Sentinel | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it
This is the latest in a series of articles by Jim Butta, a veteran sports writer for The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, who has served as the beat writer for the Mountaineers.


The analysis is a compilation of research done on each opponent West Virginia will face during the 2012 season.

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West Virginia Vs. Oklahoma For The Big12 Championship?

West Virginia Vs. Oklahoma For The Big12 Championship? | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

Sooner4OU Original Commentary:  This has all the makings of the pivotal game for all the Big12 chips.  West Virginia has a style of offense that the Sooners have struggled with defensively in the past, so it will be imperative that Mike Stoops and company be prepared and  mix their schemes up, so the Mountaineers are confused on offense.  The Sooners offense must score often and early to take the ruckus Morgantown home crowd out of the game.  This is crucial as the home town advantage in morgantown is infamous, or maybe notorious is a better descritpion.  Regardless, the Sooners must be prepared and not have a slow start that they are very capable of on the road, if they are to come out victrious.


Article Excerpt: No school fit its realignment landing spot like West Virginia. Turbo-charged offense led by a dynamic coach and QB and all that jazz. Dennis Dodd says it makes one almost forget about preseason favorite Oklahoma.

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Suspended OU Wide Receiver Shows Up On Official Roster

Suspended OU Wide Receiver Shows Up On Official Roster | Sooner4OU | Scoop.it

You know it's summer when a guy's name appearing on the roster is "headline" news. Suspended Sooners wide receiver, Jaz Reynolds, showed up on the team's printable roster though his name does not appear on the online roster.

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