Delay of Recap: OU Shellacks Kansas State, 51-14

Better late than never I guess. Either way, here are my thoughts on Saturday’s beatdown over Kansas State.

Well, so much for that “grind it out like Army” plan of Kansas State’s. The Oklahoma offense was dominant, the defense made crucial stops and the Wildcats looked entirely powerless to do anything. I don’t have much to say about this beatdown honestly, but here are a few notes.

  • I know I stumped for Kennedy Brooks last week as OU’s clear RB1 option, but Trey Sermon had himself a game. While his rushing yards total was just a modest 58 on eight touches, his work on the receiving end put him over the top. His ability to be a safeguard passing option changes the Oklahoma offense entirely and saved quite a few busted plays. It was an impressive performance made even more so when you consider his injury last Saturday against TCU.
  • Just a quick reminder that a healthy Rodney Anderson might be the best player on the team and yet the running game remains just as dynamic as ever. In addition to The Minister’s solid performance, Kennedy Brooks broke off a massive 86 yard touchdown and even TJ Pledger chipped in a solid 91 yard game in garbage time.
  • Kyler had yet another Heisman caliber day. He was deadly accurate, throwing for 19/24 and 352 yards and chipping in a cool 46 rushing yards. Just another day at the office.
  • The OU receivers are such a matchup problem for Big 12 defenses. Ceedee Lamb and Marquise Brown are just too athletic to stop and even if you cover them you’ll get burnt by Grant Calcaterra or Nick Basquine or Miles Tease or Lee Morris. There just is no way to win.
  • Speaking of getting burnt, WHAT ARE YA DOING, CHARLESTON RAMBO??? He soiled just a beautiful trick play pass from Basquine by dropping it in the open field. One of the only frustrating moments in the game, if not the only one.
  • As far as the defense is concerned, I’m sold on the four man front. It was a great fit for stopping the Kansas State run game and in general looked like it was running better than the 3-4.
  • I loved the monster hit by Bookie. Once he gets more experience and maybe switches to cornerback, he’ll be a force. I know people are fast to jump on him, but he is just a freshman; this is far from the finished product.
  • Welcome to the party, Jalen Redmond! The highly touted defensive prospect finally got some real burn Saturday and showed out with five tackles, two and a half of which were for a loss. He still needs some polish and conditioning before he can make a real impact, but we saw why is his overall celling is so damn high.

MVP: Curtis Bolton, LB

A rare defensive MVP! Bolton and Kenneth Murray, the nation’s leading tackling duo, had another big game, but Buzzy gets the edge for having more solo tackles and tying a team high 2.5 tackles for loss. Bolton was swarming all over the Kansas State offense and made it a loooong day for the Wildcats.

LVP: The Traitor in the South Endzone Who Gave the Ball Back

We have our fair share of traditions at OU. From the Ruf Neks, to the Schooner to the Boomer Sooner chant, gameday is just special here. However, one of the best traditions we do is throwing opposing footballs out of the stadium. Growing up, I always assumed other teams did this, but I’ve only seen it at Oklahoma.

This is the funniest tradition in college football. Sure, Neck at LSU and original Dixieland Delight at Alabama are fun, but relying on cursing for humor can only get you so far (s/o to my knockoff Barstool writing style in 2017, huy).

The thing that makes the toss great is the amount of cooperation, paired with the pure vitriol of the crowd and the scrambling of the poor visiting team’s ball boy and you have yourself a perfect scene. Somehow, they got a ball out of the Cotton Bowl this season, and that includes somehow getting it up into the upper deck. Every toss of the ball matters and the anxiety of whether or not the receiver decides to go along with it builds to a beautiful crescendo as it nears the top.

With that being said, there is nothing worse than a goodie goodie who thinks it’s the moral thing to give the ball back. Unfortunately, this happened on Saturday when a middle aged woman who probably is furious about beer being sold at football games hand delivered the ball to the Kansas State ballboy.

This is treason. Forget sportsmanship when it comes to the balls; if you score, we will make you pay (kinda. not really.). The woman was rightfully booed mercilessly. Hopefully, we won’t have to deal with this insolence again this season

Up Next: Texas Tech in Lubbock, at night. Spooky szn isn’t over yet.

Weekend Spread: Week 9

Bobby: 1-7 (29-34)

Jamison: 4-4 (28-35)

Blake: 5-3 (31-32)

After claiming the top spot last week, Bobby took a sharp fall with an absymal 1-7 weekend. Jamison and Blake climbed back up the latter with good weeks, however Kansas and Tennessee failing to cover burnt the group as a whole. The Big 12 returns this weekend after only having two games last weekend signaling that the final stretch is officially on. 

Due to Baylor Law Finals, Blake will only be able to provide picks this week. In his place, we recruited our sole commenter, Anonymous Sooner, to provide some guest picks for us this week. You can check out his fire takes on Twitter at @AnonymousSooner. 

Last Week

#9 Florida v. #7 Georgia (UGA -6.5)

Bobby: Every trend and inkling of common sense indicates what Georgia should win this game; they are coming off a bye week from a loss and is a team that has legitimate Playoff clout. However, I think this line might be a bit too high; this game will be a slog and will probably be decided by a single score. I think the Gators cover in a nail-biter. Florida, +6.5

Jamison: These lines are atrocious this week, and Bobby is forcing us to pick another 2:30 SEC game. Although I was successful in betting LSU over Georgia in the past, I do not see the same story line. Georgia is +27 ppg at home in SEC play, and have faltered on the road. Give me Georgia by double digits. Georgia, -6.5

Anonymous SoonerThis is an insanely easy pick disguised as a good game. Florida barely beat LSU, who solidly beat UGA. Georgia is coming off their bye week ready for blood after an embarrassing loss to a mediocre LSU (I stand by this opinion). Picking this game based solely on LSU is a surefire way to lose money.

You are betting that a team that lost to Kentucky can beat the number one team in the SEC East. Florida went into MSU last week and won 13-6. At a program that their head coach built! How do you know everything about a program and its players and only put up 13 points. SEC “it just means more” as in more punts. Finally, Florida-Georgia is a shitty new-age country band, not a rivalry. UGA easy money. Georgia, -6.5

Blake: Georgia, -6.5

#18 Iowa @ #17 Penn State (PSU -6.5)

Bobby: Iowa is one of the most criminally underrated teams in the country. They have an increasingly impressive non-conference win against Iowa State and their one loss is a close one to Wisconsin. So why are they only 18th?

On the other hand, I feel like Penn State is one of the most overrated teams in the country. While they have skated by all season, their true colors are finally starting to show. Look for the Hawkeyes to get a big win and start their campaign to slide into the Big Ten Championship. Iowa, +6.5

Jamison: Another tough pick. Iowa has been the most quiet one loss team in all of football, only losing to Wisconsin. We must not also forget this Iowa team beat Iowa State. However, Iowa lacks stars. They lost their best player in Josey Jewell last year, while Penn State has Trace McSorley returning. Say what you want about Penn State’s disappointing season thus far, but I am taking Penn State by 10 because of the home and star factor. Penn State, -6.5

Anon. SoonerAnother easy money pick trying to disguise itself as a good game. Iowa has a quality loss with Wisconsin and a quality non-conference win at Iowa State. The Hawkeyes have also shown the ability to shut out a Maryland team that beat the top ranked Big 12 team. On paper, Iowa should be getting ready for a chance to play OU at Jerry World.

This is not the Big 12 Championship game though, this is “Happy Valley” (which is such a stupid name for a stadium). Penn State has shown some promise this season and I think that they will overcome their stupid stadium name (Ed.: It’s a nickname for the area, but still lame so it’ll pass) and pull out the W with a cover. I’m only going PSU because this garbage spread. If this spread was any higher I’d go Iowa, but less than a TD is just too good. No challenge here. Penn State, -6.5

Blake: Penn State, -6.5

#14 Washington State @ #24 Stanford (Stan. -3)

Bobby: You know things are rough for your conference when somehow Mike Leach and Washington State are your last hope to make the College Football Playoff (and even then, it’s a wild long-shot). After a big win over Oregon on the Palouse, Wazzu is headed to Stanford to face a wildly disappointing Cardinal squad. Give me the pirate boys to take out the Geek Squad in this one. Washington State, +3

Jamison: I am not endorsing WSU as an up and coming team since they beat Oregon. I was very impressed by their dominant fashion, but they had a lot of hype. Can they continue the hype? I think they can. Stanford has been sad this year, and Bryce Love has fallen off the edge of the earth. Give me Mike Leach in a win straight up. Washington State, +3

Anon. Sooner: Stanford, Stanford, Stanford. This season just hasn’t been the one that they expected. Stanford is accustomed to being in WSU’s place in the Pac 12: the one loss team putting on a show in the second half of the season. The Cougars have been on a huge high with Gameday, an underdog victory and increased national recognition for noted genius, Michael C. Leach. Often referred to as the Kanye West of college football, Leach is used to being in the National conversation, for a multitude of reasons.

WSU, however, is not used to the hype. These players have got to be thinking that they are Playoff bound. I think that the hype has gone to their heads, and I think it’s implosion time. Stanford is trash, but they are used to national attention. I also have a huge bias towards picking schools that are attended by people I know. This one is for my boy Todd: Stanford gets the W, Stanford covers, but WSU makes it a decent game. Probably one of the better games to watch this Saturday. Stanford, -3

Blake: Washington State, +3

Baylor @ #13 West Virginia (WVU -13.5) [Thursday]

Bobby: Baylor is a consistently tricky team to pick. I don’t know how to feel about them in Morgantown on a Thursday, but I think this is a team that can keep it close against a pride wounded West Virginia team. The Bears take the back door. (Editor’s Note: YIKES) Baylor, +13.5

Jamison: Baylor, +13.5 (as picked on The Schooner Pod)

Anon. SoonerWVU lololololololol. West Virginia, -13.5 (Picked on Twitter)

Blake: Baylor, +13.5

Texas Tech @ Iowa State (ISU -3)

Bobby: Just as I predicted, the Cyclones have been tops in the conference at covering the spread. They’ve almost been too good; this 3 point spread is having me sweat against this Tech team. I think there is immense let down potential here, but I gotta ride with the boys. Iowa State, -3

Jamison: Ames is spooky. Ames is not spooky at 11:00. The battle of the freshman quarterbacks will be a fun watch before the OU game, and I advise all to tune in. Purdy vs. Bowman. OSU take notes, it is okay to play a freshman or young kid at starting QB if your older guys are trash.

I really like what Bowman has done for this Tech offense. You could see just how impactful he is when he was out recovering from a pneumothorax (Editor’s Note: fancy doctor talk for collapsed lung).  I also like what Dakota Allen has done on the Red Raider defense thus far, but that was expected. I love me some Tech here, so begin to get very scared of next week in Lubbock. Texas Tech, +3

Anon. Sooner This is a rough one to pick. Iowa State is a sneaky decent team and with a similar record in the SEC they would be in the Top 15. Texas Tech is just meh as they haven’t recovered from losing the now third best QB in the NFL from two seasons ago (Brady, Bake, Patty).

Worst of all, Kliff Kingsbury, with his perfect hair and perfectly balanced record .500, is not living up to the hype. Tech has become one of the most predictable teams in the Big 12. They are the team that just runs two minute offense the whole game (I think; I only watch when they play OU).

The Cyclones on the other hand are making a play to be known as the Big 12 defensive team (Or their offense just sucks idk). I think that the key here is defense and Iowa State will carry the day. This is another game that is simple only because the low spread. ISU gets it by surviving a run and gun attack by Tech. Iowa State, -3

Blake: Iowa State, -3

TCU @ Kansas (TCU -13.5)

Bobby: Apparently, when it rains, it pours in Fort Worth. Not only did their best player just get kicked off the team, but their starting quarterback is done for the year after undergoing shoulder surgery. TCU has been a consistent Big 12 title contender for the past four years; now that those dreams are done, you have to wonder how they’ll respond with their backs against the wall against a bad Kansas team?

I think they’ll be flat. Kansas, while still bad, aren’t the pushovers they used to be. This is a scrappy team that not only can keep this close, but can win. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ll take the Jayhawks in a upset special over the Frogs. Kansas, +13.5

Jamison: Blah. This game is miserable to pick. I am going TCU by 14 just because they are not starting an injured Shawn Robinson. If they do not let the Turpin news bog them too much down, they can still go and crush a team that even OSU beat by 20. TCU, -13.5

Anon. SoonerOh boy this spread is weird. I wish it was TCU -8, as that would make things a lot easier. TCU showed a glimmer of their potential in the last five minutes of the second quarter last week against OU. Patterson is a decent coach who is known for really being able to predict an offense that’s not run by Lincoln Riley. Kansas is just Kansas, and I don’t see any life coming from them. TCU still has some athletes, and a smart coach. TCU -13.5, but don’t leverage this, and expect to lose it all if you do. TCU, -13.5

Blake: TCU, -13.5

#6 Texas @ Oklahoma State (UT -3.5)

Bobby: This is just a gross game. Oklahoma State has consistently looked awful in Big 12 play, but Texas feels like they could fall apart at any minute. In this week’s Schooner Pod, I locked the ‘Horns, but honestly I can’t trust them at all, especially at night in Stillwater. While I’m not gonna call it a lock, I’m going to still give the nod to the Longhorns. The Cowboys are that bad. Texas, -3.5

Jamison: I thought this could have been an upset waiting to happen, then I watched OSU play K-State. My speculation at the beginning of the season could not have been more correct; Corny Dog is struggling and OSU is in complete shambles.

Oklahoma State’s only source of stability, Mike Gundy, has fallen to the point of drinking vodka smoothies at press conferences. I cannot blame the man as those sound pretty good, but he is most likely trying to drink the season away. Give me Texas by ten. Ehlinger should play, which is a good sign for OU fans wishing to get a Red River rematch. Texas, -3.5

Anon. SoonerAnother tough game, as “never trust Texas” is one of Durdy Jamie’s Rules for Success that I live by. This is a good game for Sooner fans, because either way we get to see some tears. The spread is so rough too, I mean, what is a tree-fiddy spread?

UT is decent and most importantly, their head coach cares about this game. Mike Gundy has gone off the deep end and is simply a drunken, turtle hunting, hobo who was once a 40-year old man. In his defense, imagine getting beat by the old bull Stoops for years, only to see torch handed off to the young buck Riley and get beat by him too. Tom Herman pulls this one out like it’s university recruiting money at a cheap strip club. Texas, -3.5

P.S.: We need to address something key to this game, what is “The World’s Greatest Homecoming”? This is something that you do when you have 0 National Championships (shoutout to the 1945 National Champion, Army).

Blake: Oklahoma State, +3.5

Kansas State @ #8 Oklahoma (-25)

Bobby: Kansas State has been one of the most obnoxious, unpredictable teams to pick in the Big 12 this season. This game is no different. The Wildcats are going to try to pound the run game and create an “Army like” tempo. Will the OU defense allow it?

Honestly, if K-State running back Alex Barnes hadn’t said anything, I would think more about this being close. However, this is a real chance for the defense to stand up for themselves and make a statement. The Sooner defense gets their stops, the offense rolls big and it’s a happy homecoming in Norman. Oklahoma, -25.

Jamison: I love OU in this one. K-State’s offense has only one dimension: the running game. The Sooner defense played a four-man front last game and looked good in stopping the run, so I feel good we can hold Barnes and Thompson to a respectable 100 yards of total rushing. That’s great for us. As for the offense, I do not believe we score less than 50 points for the rest of the season. Do you think K-state can score 25 points? I don’t. Oklahoma, -25

Anon. SoonerOU takes the easy win here, with impressive numbers from Kyler Murray and a solid run game. KSU will find a way to use a 5’2” 100 lb. defensive back to intimidate Grant Calcaterra, preventing him from having an impact on the game or catching the football.

I think the real key here is the huge spread, and ol’ Bill Snyder’s plans to run all game. Initially, I want to think that this is a ploy to pass all game, but KSU has six aerial TDs all year. SAD! I really want to believe in KSU keeping it within 25, but I can’t bet against the greatest offensive mind in the world in L. Riley. I’m so conflicted on this game. I want to go K State +25, but it just doesn’t feel right. OU -25 also doesn’t feel right, I really don’t know. OU -25 but don’t count on it. Oklahoma, -25

Blake: Oklahoma, -25


Bonus Guest Pick: Middle Tennessee @ Old Dominion (MT -4)

Anon. Sooner: EASY MONEY. No explanation needed, no explanation available either lol. ODU giving up 515 YPG and Middle Tenn. is averaging around 28 PPG, with a 61 pt game skewing results slightly. The ability to put up 61 is key against one of CFB’s worst offenses. MT -4 put the mortgage on it, lever the shit out of it like you are Lehman in 07; what can go wrong, this bet is too big to fail. Middle Tennessee, -4

The Schooner Pod: Kansas State and Week 9

In this week’s pod, the guys talk about OU’s improved defense against TCU, Kennedy Brooks’ big Saturday, preview Kansas State, take a look at the state of the Playoff picture and make their predictions for week nine in college football.

 

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Game Week: Kansas State

It’s Homecoming Weekend in Norman and that term feels even more fitting than usual; the Sooners haven’t played on Owen Field in nearly a month. We are now in the full swing of the back half of the season, with only three home games remaining.

The opponent this week is a pretty hapless Kansas State squad shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to the Sooners.

Meet the Wildcats:

Ol’ Bill Snyder is one of the best coaches in college football history if you look at the turnaround he’s pulled off with this Wildcat program. However, his age and ability to maintain a high level program have clearly been on the downswing over the past few seasons. This is a team that simply just doesn’t have the intangibles to be at that next level; no stars, no flash, no athleticism.

Kansas State’s offense is aggressively mediocre and its defense is relatively good, but will be no match for Kyler Murray and crew.

Honestly, there is not much to talk about with this game, so I’m instead going to discuss the most important question with K-State:

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WHY DOES THEIR MASCOT HAVE PEOPLE ARMS?

Seriously, what is the deal with this? Is the university so broke they can’t afford a full costume but only a head? It’s such a strange move and it weirds me out without fail. It’s not Purdue Pete levels of bad, but still. Get it together K-State.

Who to Watch For:

#34 Alex Barnes, RB

I actually had to Google “who is Kansas State’s best player” because honestly, none of them are very good. Their receivers have a combined six (SIX!!!) touchdowns this season and are all pretty short. Skylar Thompson, their quarterback, can run the ball and is their second leading rusher, but the guy simply can’t throw.

I’m going to give this one to the junior feature back Alex Barnes, who has really come on as a rushing threat for the Wildcats, putting up monster games against Baylor and Oklahoma State racking up 431 yards and seven touchdowns. If he has a performance anything like his past two games, the Ruffin McNeill honeymoon period might be over faster than anticipated.

Series History: 75-19-4 (Oklahoma)

While Kansas State, like much of the Big 12, hasn’t been great against the Sooners, they do have several big wins that make the gap seem much less wide. The Cats are 12-3 against OU since 2000, but all three wins have been significantly notable.

In 2003, the Wildcats upset the Sooners in a shocking Big 12 Championship that nearly kept OU out of that year’s BCS National Championship. In 2012, the Colin Klein led Wildcats knocked off Landry Jones and co. in what would later effectively be a de facto Big 12 Championship game (just kidding; we both got trophies because Big 12 gonna Big 12).

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However, to me the most frustrating loss of all might have been in 2014 when Michael Hunnicutt infamously whiffed a 19 yard game winning field goal. To this day, I have no idea how anyone could miss that badly; I’ve seen people win free Chick-Fil-A from farther away.

 

Manhattan

There are some places that you know exactly what you are going to get. You expect greatness out of Columbus, Ohio, you expect dust and not much else in Lubbock, Texas, and so on.

With that being said, there are a few times you find a place that completely shocks you, like I did this weekend in Manhattan, Kansas.

I’m not a big Kansas guy. I’ve always considered it as the state with “the less cool side” of Kansas City, or the state you drive through to get to Colorado, or the state with equally shit liquor laws, or the state with an obnoxiously good basketball team (Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on me that i’m an Oklahoman and virtually everyone thinks my beloved home state sucks ass). I always imagined Manhattan being much of the same.

Oh was I wrong.


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Manhattan isn’t a big travel destination for Sooner fans, especially the week after the Red River Shootout. Which of course makes sense that only Derielle and I made the trek up I-35 through the vast scape of wheat fields that is Kansas. After the 4.5 hour drive through the Middle of Nowhere (a name Kansans proudly claim; it even has a Snapchat filter), we rolled into our traditional first stop: the local brewery.

Strangely enough, we had to cross the local homecoming parade to get there. Once did, we ran into a real gem at Tallgrass Brewing’s Tap House.

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Tallgrass, based in Manhattan, is a sneakily large operation that ships throughout the Midwest. Have a few of their beers and you can see why. There is a little of everything and plenty for the non-beer snob (AKA Derielle). The Blueberry and Raspberry Jam beers were incredibly refreshing; some of the best fruit beers i’ve had. Both Buffalo Sweat (Stout) and 8-Bit Pale Ale are staples that are perfect for those looking for more complex beers.


After the brewery stop, we went straight to meet up with an old friend of Derielle’s who happens to go to Kansas State. This guy, who for privacy’s sake i’m just going to call Tim, was just awesome. He had us over for burgers and after about a quarter .750 of my Crown Royal and his Even Williams, we became fast friends.

I had to go back to the AirBNB and finish an online test, but after that Derielle and I went back to scoop up Tim and head on out to the bars. Tim was our tour guide of sorts; the seasoned vet showing these outsiders the ropes. Oh and he was near blackout at this point, as we had fallen behind with my nerdy detour.We parked back at our AirBNB and strolled over to Aggieville.

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Aggieville might be the best bar district I have yet to see this season. Everywhere you could want to go in The Little Apple (and honestly everything they have in Manhattan) is right on a few blocks of Moro Street. The street was very similar to Campus Corner’s layout, but with one twist; all the bars were legit college bars.

Manhattan knows what it is. It’s a small college town that should cater to college kids. You won’t find any highrise pizzarias or nightclubs here, just good old fashioned bars with cheap drinks and open dance floors. It was beautiful.

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Stop one was a bar called Johnny Kaw’s Yard Bar, a relatively new addition to Manhattan. We got in early, so the bar was relatively dead, but you got the gist of what Yard Bar was about. The bar focused on your traditional bar games mixed with a few tailgate games with ample space for both. For the record, I don’t recommend beer pong in Kansas wind, it doesn’t end well.

  • Weird sidenote about Kansas State; they exclusively call 16 ounce tallboys “pounders”. As in, every bar refers to them as pounders and you can’t get one by calling it any other name. I don’t know if this is just me, but this baffled me.

We hopped around a couple bars, downing pounders and absurdly cheap wells and tried to find a bar with enough of a buzz to stay put for the evening. The memory is understandably hazy, but around the time we hit the original Johnny Kaws, our tour guide and noted drunk runner Tim vanished. Luckily, he made it home safe and not naked in the neighbor’s yard.

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Anyways, my top two favorites for Best Manhattan Bar are between Original Johnny Kaws and a really cool dive called O’Malley’s. Kaws had a great set up; a bar in the front, a bar in the side room and what can only be described as a freshman play pen called “The House Party”. Yeah, I know that sounds lame but imagine Logie’s but if you put all the 18+ underclassmen in a special section and out of your way? Not too bad if you ask me.

Kaws has a trait that a lot of my favorite bars tend to share; openness. Unlike seemingly every bar in Norman that tries to put as many useless barriers up from easy walking, Kaws just clears everything out and promotes free roaming. It’s a thing you wouldn’t expect helps as much as it does, but trust me it creates a way more fun experience.

O’Mally’s was also a pretty great option. While not as wide open as Kaws, O’Malley’s had tons of bars up and plenty of charm to overcome any overcrowding. The walls were covered in marked up dollars from all around the country, ala Edna’s in Oklahoma City. I even added one for the loyal 48 people that read this mediocre blog.

 

After our barhopping adventures, we went on the search for the perfect drunk food. In this case, it’s the wonderful Varsity Donut Truck, which serves a Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese worth missing the final bar stop for. Try it with bacon for full effect.

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We drug ourselves back to life the next morning completely exhausted from the night before. Any hard form of pregaming was out of the question; a beer at lunch would suffice. We made our way back out to Aggieville the next morning for some recovery food and settled at Keltic Star, a proper British pub. In an attempt to be cultural, next-day-drunk me ordered the bangers and mash, which was a tad bit of a mistake. Pro-tip; just go for the layup.

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Once we finished our lunch, we made our way back to Tim’s house to park and walk over to the game thorough campus. K-State’s campus has a very European feel with a ton of limestone and castle looking buildings everywhere. Their student union sells beer in it’s bowling alley (a sentence i’m not happy about writing about a non-OU school #MakeCampusWetAgain).

 

We finally made it across the endeavor-like trip across campus (super spread out) and arrived at Bill Snyder Family Stadium (or BSFS), which is as described, in the middle of nowhere. The Wildcats seem to have a good tailgate culture, but we didn’t know anyone tailgating and opted out. That being said, there was ample space to tailgate and it was rowdy.

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BSFS wasn’t anything particularly special. It was kinda small and really just some big stands kinda put together by walkways. Just meh. It was however connected to the Bramlage Coliseum, which made the perfect rain-delay hideout.

 

The K-State fans were nice, if not extremely quiet with the exception of the student section which was loud the whole game. While the atmosphere was nice I guess, K-State constantly crowed about being the “Best Fan Experience in the Big 12” which in my mind translates to “Most Surprising Fan Experience in the Big 12”. Everything they did was met with “oh hey that’s kinda cool”.

They also did the pledge of allegiance in pregame, which was weird. I guess when you have a middle-school nickname like Wildcats, you do middle school things.

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That’s the thing about K-State game days; they just take you by surprise so much that you automatically appreciate them more on sheer surprise alone.


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Two bad visuals

As you all know, the game started as a frustrated funeral to a previously well hyped season and ended in that all too familiar blend of excitement and stressed out relief. Kinda like peeing after holding it in for too long; a nice, soothing burn.

On our way out of town, Derielle and I stopped at a Wendy’s. Not only was it was the best damn Wendy’s ever, but it was the first time I sat down and took a breather all weekend. It dawned on me right there, that this season long road trip had only two more planned stops.

Much like the act of eating at Wendy’s, it was both exciting and a little depressing.

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Quick Reaction: Kansas State

Jesus, we really did this again? Seriously, if you want to know what happened tonight, just reread any of the past three Quick Reactions in reverse.

Instead of starting fast and falling about late, the Sooners just came out really flat. So many of the issues plaguing Oklahoma reared their head early. The offense couldn’t finish drives and the defense looked flat out porous.

The season looked dead in the water.

After being down 21-10 in the first half, the Sooners stormed back with 18 unanswered points and finally looked like who we thought they were. Of course, this is OU so naturally they had to give up another two touchdowns by the end of the evening. Baker Mayfield was incredible, leading the Sooners on two big drives to answer the Wildcats.

  • If I see another backup quarterback play against OU I might shit a brick.
  • For as bad as OU looked, Baker was incredible yet again. The man has balls of steel.
  • Play-calling was absolutely bizarre in the 1st half. It looked like a bored 1st grader calling plays in NCAA 14.
  • Good Jordan Thomas, nice to see you again.
  • There was some serious fuckery going on in the end zones tonight. Three would be touchdowns were called off or ended up going against the Sooners. That interception on the CeeDee Lamb target was just absurd and that near-catch later was even crazier. Weird day in Manhattan.

MVP: Rodney Anderson. My preseason breakout player of the year broke out this week, scoring two touchdowns, including the 22 yard game winning run with 7 seconds left. With Abdul Adams still out and Trey Sermon mysteriously vanishing, Anderson took on the brunt of the carries today and did pretty well.

LVP: WHOEVER KEPT CALLING THE DAMN WILDFLOWERS PLAY. So Lincoln Riley I guess. Seriously, that stretch was one of the worst play calling streaks I’ve ever seen. Why take the best player in the nation off the field? Don’t drink and coach, kids!

Up Next: Texas Tech in Norman. I’m not sure my heart, my liver and the Owen Field scoreboard can handle this.

Bar Reviews: Jax Bar at Blackbird

Formerly a cajun/soul food restaurant and bar, Jax isn’t as much its own bar as it is apart of a larger bar. Last December, it was absorbed into the larger Blackbird Gastropub complex, which like Jax is apart of the GL Dining Portfolio (This also includes Blu, Brewhouse and The Library; we’ll get to those later). While no longer it’s own restaurant, Jax now operates as the cozy bar of Blackbird, with it’s own feel and separate half of the building.

Sum up Jax in the length of a Tweet

Bobby: Need a place to catch your breath after getting suffocated at Logie’s? Come on down to Jax

Andrew: Google “most average Norman bar” and Jax is the first result. Google knows.

Derielle: ‪Jax’s is the best place for craft cocktails in Norman. Their Game of Thrones seasonal menu gives me life. And their wells aren’t bad either.‬

Granger: friends: “yall wanna leave logies/sevens/valero and go to jax???”

me:

 

Bussow: F*** it I’m going to Jax. *Skips 1:30 class, puts backpack down at bar*

Which night is the best night for Jax?

Bobby: Any night involving Logie’s. This is the perfect buffer between your pregame and Logie’s and the perfect nightcap for crazy Logie nights.

Andrew: Sunday or Monday night. It’s the only night where something better isn’t going on at another bar.

Derielle: Late on a Friday night is typically when you’ll get the biggest crowd. Even then it’s decently chill which is a nice change.

Granger: tuesday and wednesday nights in april when both nhl and nba playoffs are on.

@drewlawson rip in p.

Bussow: Here’s an underrated night: Sunday night baseball/football at Jax followed by a trip to the Deli. That’s the summer go-to. Other than that, Jax is the play anytime the back door at Logies is closed and I’m not trying to wait in line with the 8-5 football team.

Favorite thing about Jax?

Bobby: There is plenty of space to get your whole group together. Want to chill out on a couch? They have a cool couch area downstairs. Have a Last Supper sized crowd? Bring them up to the second floor room and watch the game. It might be the most comfortable bar on campus.

Andrew: It’s not Logies.

Derielle: Their super comfy couches in the back are the best place to hang out with a group. Also their Brewhouse Beers are super cheap during happy hour.

Granger: when you automatically connect to their wifi>>>

all jokes aside, if youve never wrote a paper / studied at jax then youre missing out. nothing quite like the rush you get while sipping on double wells at the bar on a tuesday trying to cram the past four weeks of a course before your 10am test the next morning.

Bussow: Bar tabs upstairs. Someone’s going to eat shit trying to go to the bathroom every time.

Least favorite thing about the bar?

Bobby: Jax is mostly dead, which isn’t always a bad thing. But when half your crew are girls and want to bail because Brittany and Nicole don’t think Jax is “lit”, you are going to have a hard time keeping them there.

Andrew: Every girl I’ve ever seen at this bar has been with her boyfriend. Worst place on CC to shoot your shot. Trust me.

Derielle: There’s a lot of times where you can walk in and there’s no one there except for the employees which is a little unnerving. Things also get expensive if you try and get too fancy

Granger: that annoying loud group of fifteen girls that seem to rent out the upstairs for sarahs (generic basic chick name) bday every single time you just wanna sit at the bar and watch sports.

Bussow: About once a week, everyone in Norman realizes Jax is a damn good bar and it gets packed with the Sevens/Logies crowd. F*** that night.

What is your go-to drink here?

Bobby: A rotation of Brewhouse Wheat and Amber. Cheap and made fresh in Norman.

Andrew: Drinks are trash. Get you some loaded queso fries before you wander over to the best bar on CC (Sugs).

Derielle: The Brewhouse Amber Ale is always a winner along with their Vodka Sours

Granger: double tall wells after after 9pm every day of the week.

Bussow: Double Ginger-Vodka short. Got damn do they make some good mixed drinks. No soda, actual mixers. The drinks make you feel WRI, then the tab says $17.62 after 5 drinks. That’s the moment you fall in love with Jax.