Posts tagged ‘Oklahoma Sooners’
Not only did Oklahoma lose it’s opening game to BYU on Saturday night, they also lost their star quarterback.
Sam Bradford was driven to the ground near the end of the first half in Saturday’s game by BYU defender Coleby Clawson. The hit was “clean” but resulted in both players landing on Bradford’s right side. Bradford immediately began squirming in pain and clutching his right shoulder. Bradford returned to the sidelines after examination in a sling. He had to sit and watch as redshirt freshman Landry Jones tried to fill the shoes. Jones played well but not well enough as the Sooners fell 14-13.
Although no time table has been placed on Bradford’s return, this does not help his Heisman hopes. Without Bradford, it will be interesting to see how the Sooners carry themselves. If you’re a Texas fan, you cheer.
Sam Bradford has decided to leave his name off the Draft Eligible list and try to win a National Title with the Sooners next season. Mark Sanchez has decided to roll on USC and try his stuff at the professional level. So, who has the better scenario? It may be closer than you think…
Sam Bradford passes up on a potential #1 draft pick in this year’s draft in order to come back to Oklahoma and take care of some unfinished business (winning a bowl game). It could be that Bradford doesn’t want to go to the Lions, but I think it’s more about his readiness. Bradford needs to work on his mobility and his weight in, what should be, his final year at Oklahoma. Bradford rarely scrambles but I don’t think it’s because of speed. A little more experience will allow for Bradford to develop a new vision of the field that may result in some 7-10 yard scrambles every once and a while. And, although Bradford has the accuracy to hang with many pros, he needs to put a little meat on his bones. The frame that Bradford has now wouldn’t necessarily translate very well into the NFL when he goes against those fierce and extremely fast linebackers. Again, many analysts and “experts” had Bradford as the number one pick. But who is really to say that the Lions would like Bradford over Stafford?
Mark Sanchez is not exactly a proven quarterback, but he played at USC and had an amazing year. 2008 was Sanchez’s first full season as the starter and he made the most of the opportunity (66%, 34 TDs, 164 RTG). Sanchez’s departure leaves the Trojans in somewhat of a rebuilding stage but Sanchez immediately becomes the second selected quarterback in the 2009 draft. The real question is in which round will the second quarterback be selected? 1st round? Second round? Later? Look out for Minnesota, Kansas City, Chicago, and San Francisco – all of which may be addressing the quarterback position in the draft. Especially the 49er’s – homestate kid, familiar with the climate, experience with traveling, etc.
So who has the better scenario? I honestly think that both guys are doing what’s best for themselves. Unless an unexpected injury completely wipes out Sam Bradford, he’s a lock for the number one pick next year (unless you have Brady, Peyton, etc.). With that being said, he really understands that he needs a slight tweak in college in order to better prepare himself for the NFL. He will have to worry about guys like Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow in next year’s draft, both of which are miles behind Bradford. On the other hand, Snachez may be a chance that a team is willing to take due to the lack of quality quarterbacks entering this year’s draft. Sanchez will obviously be selected behind Stafford, but I don’t see him going after Nate Davis, Graham Herrell, or even Josh Freeman. If Sanchez goes to a team like Kansas City, San Fran, or Minnesota – I would say he is in a really good spot.
Good luck to both guys.
If you would have asked me who was going to win the BCS Title Game a week ago I would have probably said the Sooners, not so much anymore. ESPN reported today that DeMarco Murray, the Sooners’ starting running back, would not be able to play in the championship game against the Florida Gators on January 8th. This may not seem like a big deal at first because the Sooners have another great back named Chris Brown that has 100 more yards than Murray along with 6 more TDs. However, losing DeMarco Murray will have an effect on the way the #1 offense goes about running its plays. The Oklahoma offense was dominant for a reason, because it all clicked and everyone worked as a unit. Now, you take away a key component and things are sure to change. There’s no doubt in my mind that Okie offensive coordinators will have to change their gameplans a little bit in order to adapt to the absence of Murray.
Secondly, I saw an interesting statistic on ESPN.com that said Heisman winners are just 1-5 in BCS Championship games – I didn’t even realize! So with a crucial part of the offense sitting on the sidelines combined with the fact that Heisman winners (Bradford) are just 1-5 in the big game lead me to change my pick to the Florida Gators as the next National Champion.
But wait! To me, Alabama missed only a couple opportunities to beat Florida in the SEC title game leading me to believe that they are certainly beatable when facing a team like the Sooners. Also, Dan Mullen, the Florida offensive coordinator, has already accepted the head coaching job at Mississippi State. Can a offensive guru like Mullen focus 100% on the task at hand and not his next job? I’m not implying that Mullen would do anything to compromise the game for Florida, but there is no way he can be focused.
Florida is currently the favorite with a spread of 3 points. 57% of bettors are taking the Florida Gators (-3) and 53% are taking the Florida Gators on the moneyline, all of which makes the #1 team in the nation an UNDERDOG! Not to mention the game is being played in South Florida, which I consider a “home” stadium for the Gators. What does that make the #1 team in the nation? ROAD-DOGS! I love taking road-dogs and Oklahoma may throw their own swamp on the Gators come January.
This could be a possible pick…
To some but not everyone’s suprise, the Oklahoma Sooners jumped the Texas Longhorns to take over the #2 spot in the BCS Standings. I am a strong supporter for a playoff system and I am an even larger supporter of the Texas Longhorns. With that said; what the hell is going on here?
Texas’ lone lose on the season came to Texas Tech on the last play of the game. Texas beat Oklahoma, fair and square, on a neutral site. With the new standings, Oklahoma will play Missouri in the Big XII Title game and move into the BCS Championship game. My question is simple; why should Texas have to sit at home and watch their conference’s title game be played between two teams that they’ve already crushed?
The whole BCS computer crap makes no sense and I can’t imagine why or how anyone could support its existence. The Texas Longhorns should be playing in the BCS Championship game against the winner of the Florida/Alabama game. Texas will get screwed out of their well-deserved title shot unless Missouri miraculously beats Oklahoma. And for all those that make the argument of Texas Tech beating Texas and that’s the same as Texas beating Oklahoma and expecting a higher ranking….shut up. It’s not the same. Texas Tech won on the last play of the game in an absolute off day for the Longhorns. Not to mention that Texas Tech struggled to beat the Baylor Bears. The Baylor Bears! Give me a break. The Longhorns get the short-end of the stick and it’s more proof that the BCS is ruining the game.
For all those who argued with me about Texas Tech’s win over Texas being a luck come late; how do you like them apples? Texas beat Oklahoma, then Oklahoma plays Texas Tech and smacks them in the face, 65-21. I know the game was in Norman and Oklahoma doesn’t lose at home, but c’mon. Getting slaughtered by 44 points is extremely tough to swallow. Alabama v. Texas in the BCS Championship game….fingers crossed.