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Oklahoma isn’t unstopable, Kirk Herbstreit

In Oklahoma’s defense… Really? Oklahoma has a defense?

MITCHELL BLATT

Oklahoma has been rewarded for allowing 452 yards to Oklahoma State by moving ahead of Texas in the BCS–by a scant 0.0128 points–and into the Big 12 Championship for a matchup against Missouri which could project them into the National Championship game.

Texas beat them 45-35 earlier this season, but they didn’t get the nod for the Big 12 Championship because Texas Tech was also tied for first in the conference, so that threw out the possibility of head-to-head matchups as the tiebreaker. Indeed, Texas Tech beat Texas, but Oklahoma beat Texas Tech, so it would be impossible to use head-to-head as the decider.

During Oklahoma’s victory of Ok. State last night, Kirk Herbstreit was talking up Oklahoma’s offense, which piled up 557 yards in their 61-41 victory. It was their sixth straight game with over 500 yards of offense. That’s pretty impressive, but what isn’t impressive is that they need 500 yards to win games.

Commentators like Herbstreit have been pondering who can beat Oklahoma when Oklahoma has such a tough offense–(Well, Texas #1, since they already beat Oklahoma.)–but anyone who has a championship worthy defense and offense can beat them.

What it’s going to come down to is that either Florida or Alabama will beat them.

Florida already beat Alabama 38-7 and gained 514 yards on them. They average 449 yards per game. Oklahoma averages 557 yards per game.

The big difference is that Florida allows 12 points per game. Oklahoma allows 25. If you get blinded by the lights on the scoreboard, sometimes you might forget that football involves offense AND defense, and only one of these two teams has both.

Sometimes you ignore the defense and think a great offense can score on anyone. (And it’s certainly true that Florida can score on Oklahoma.)

Florida hasn’t played any offenses as good as Oklahoma’s or Texas’s yet, but they did hold Tennessee to 6 and five of their opponents under ten (oddly, that didn’t include Citadel, but with a 70-19 victory, you have to imagine there were lots of possessions).

Oklahoma did hold Chattanooga to 2–I’ll give them credit there–but all of their other opponents have reached double digits, and eight scored over 20.

Oklahoma is just a blaze burning down a gas station, but they’re going to run out of fuel soon.

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5 Responses to “Oklahoma isn’t unstopable, Kirk Herbstreit”

  1. Totally agree. I look for Florida to dominate the rest of the way. They will spank whoever gets in their way because they are good on both sides of the ball.

  2. Oklahoma will lose to Missouri.. karma will balance the injustice of college football.. revolution to the evolution of a simple playoff system

  3. Oklahoma ran up scores so fast in some of their games opposition was scoring against their second string defense, the game safely put away so there is a better defense there than you’re giving credit for, which you’ll see I believe. As for Texas… quit whining… THEY LOST… Comparative strength of schedules, etc., Oklahoma is the better team and would beat them 7 out of 10 times easy if they played a series. I keep hearing about how they beat Oklahoma in Dallas (neutral field, yeah right, keep telling yourself that!) All Texas had to do was beat Tech but they choked… All the arguments in Texas’ favor seem to ignore or gloss over that. Oh yeah, or… they lost on the last play so… what? It wasn’t really a loss. Keep dreaming Texas fans.

  4. Well the UT Longhorns havent been having a great last few years, for crying out loud TX A&M beat them last year. Lets hope this year is better for them, if not that means the OU may stand a chance against them.

  5. I’ve said that least 4706461 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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