Game Week: Big 12 Championship (TCU)

The Oklahoma Sooners are one win away from a return from the College Football Playoff. This would be a lot cooler if the game we are playing actually made sense to play.

OU beat TCU, much like 8 of the 9 teams on its Big 12 schedule. In the past few years, the Sooners would have this title signed, sealed and delivered. However, because TCU and Baylor got left out of the Playoff for Ohio State in 2014, the Big 12 has a useless championship game now. A championship game that, ironically enough, can only hurt the conference’s Playoff chances.

So, reluctantly the Oklahoma Sooners will cross the border southbound to play the Red River Rivalry Jr. at 11 A.M. in a joyless, sterile stadium for a championship that should already be theirs, against a team they already soundly defeat.

Sound easy? Think again.

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I don’t trust Gary Patterson. This weaselly ass dude has something up his damn sleeve and I just know it. Sure, OU is a way better team, sure, Kenny Hill has a noodle arm and sure, TCU lost to this same Oklahoma team three weeks ago. But Patterson is a defensive genius whose teams have a penchant for winning games when nobody thinks they can.

With that being said, there is absolutely no love lost between these two sides. Between the close games since 2012, on-field antics and off-field chirping, these two teams don’t like each other. I’d expect both sides to come out fired up for this one.

Last Time We Met: November 12th, 2017 in Norman. OU 38, TCU 20

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Perks of the rematch? I don’t have to write anything here, just check out my article from last month.

Student Ticket Claim:

For the lucky SOB’s that got seats in the first round, you’ll have to get them at OU’s will call at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. There was a sneaky pass out on Thursday, so the ticket office might also pass them out Friday, but I don’t really know. I would keep an eye glued to your email for more info.

As for us second round seat people, the tickets will get sent to you sometime soon via mobile entry. Of course, you need to download the AT&T Stadium app (why is this a thing?) to use the tickets. According to the confirmation email, the ticket office will email you your tickets and instructions on how to download them to the app.

AT&T Stadium:

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AT&T Stadium, or Jerry World as I call it, is a structure that can only be compared to the likes of the Death Star. If you haven’t seen it before, it honestly takes your breath away when you see the enormous silver dome looming over the Texas plains.

Personally, I find the stadium an affront to college football. Inside, it’s cold, sterile and has no personality whatsoever. It’s like that one SpongeBob episode where Squidward goes to the future and everything is chrome.

Parking is an enormous, expensive and well-documented hassle here. Expect to pay big relatively bucks if you want to park within a mile of the stadium. As for Uber/Lyft, unless you are staying in Arlington, a ride would set you about 30 bucks to get there, and that’s without the surge up-charge. No matter what you do, I recommend biting the bullet and carpooling. Just make sure they actually Venmo you back.

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As we are now in the postseason, it’s time to get familiar with NFL bag policies, as that’s all we’ll be seeing for awhile! AT&T Stadium has a standard strict bag policy, as outlined above.

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Almost everything is expensive at Jerry World, so I recommend eating before. There are absurd things like Kobe Beef on the menu, which honestly is just ludicrous. While I know starting up early for an 11 AM game, I recommend drinking early, as beer is 9 bucks and….wait a second.

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THEY SELL SMIRNOFF ICE HERE? Oh lord, the game has been changed. Get ready to get Iced randomly in a football game. These a-holes are in the year 3017.

Pregame:

Ugh. What a terrible time to have the 2nd 11 AM game of the year. Tailgating is a lost cause at Jerry World, unless you are in the know or are loaded. Even then, you need to wake up early as shit to get there and get the buzz going, and unless you want a 60+ dollar roundtrip Uber ride, you are either banking on a DD or have to suffer through a sober 11 AM game.

Because this is a modern NFL stadium, you are basically in the middle of nowhere. So good luck trying to find a bar.

 

 

 

Author: Bobby Howard

Owner at The Schooner Blog. Football, basketball, beer.

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