It is hard to imagine any team is better than Oklahoma, right? Notre Dame was just that, though. Sure, Oklahoma could have won Saturday. However, Notre Dame’s defense was flat out better. The Irish’s quarterbacks brought it. Oklahoma was just unable to do as much against a Notre Dame team that was physically and mentally ready for this ball game.
Oklahoma had the right mindset. The stadium was electric and the players understood the significance of this match-up, but the Irish were just better. It is hard to accept, but the Sooners have to move on from this loss. They have to look at the positive. A quality bowl game is still unobtainable. The Big 12 title is still not out of the question, but it will be tough for Kansas State to drop two the way they are playing. However, the Sooners still somewhat control their destiny.
It all starts with Iowa State this weekend. OU is not the type of team to collapse following a team. They just aren’t. Bob Stoops’ team have done a great job of consistently beating up on their next opponent following a loss.
The Cyclones are not a horrible ball club, but this is the type of opponent OU can take their frustrations out on.
Landry Jones may not be consistent, but one thing he does well is showing up after a loss. He is the type of quarterback that can bounce back from a setback and have a big game to get back on track. While most fans would not agree with Landry as the starter, he has never lost back-to-back games. Ever.
Expect the Iowa State scoreboard operator to get a workout Saturday. The Oklahoma offense should have a big game Saturday. The Cyclone defense have given up 21 points or more in all of their games, minus giving up six to Iowa and three to Western Illinois.
OU’s Damien Williams suffered a late injury during the Notre Dame game. Who knows how effect the Sooner rushing attack can be, but Blake Bell should be patting himself on the back for scoring the first rushing touchdown on the Notre Dame defense of the season.
Oklahoma has definitely found a new threat at receiver in Jalen Saunders. OU’s offense will hopefully not be hampered by questionable play-calling, calling timeouts at weird times, and while the offensive line held the Irish defense a lot better than I anticipated, the Sooners can not afford any botched snaps.
So this Saturday, expect fireworks in Ames. Leaving your seat or television may not be wise, but it would not be surprising at all if the Sooners score often on Iowa State.
Kickoff is schedule for 11 a.m., so pray the team gets to bed early and are not running through the motions. OU avoided a late-night start, but at 11 a.m., the Sooners will hopefully get a wake-up call and go out and beat the Cyclones.