OU-UTEP: Quick Reaction

Some games, there isn’t too much to write about. If I could, i’d just put “OU 56, UTEP 7” and call it a day, but here I am anyways. This one went pretty much as scripted. Baker and the electric Lincoln Riley offense rolled over poor UTEP, just as everyone expected. That being said, it was impressive to see some of the young blood on display. Those filling the holes left from Perine, Mixon and Westbrook look like they might have potential, but potential does nothing for you a week from now in Columbus.

• Baker Mayfield clearly hasn’t lost a step. After setting the QBR record last season, Mayfield got off to a hot start throwing for 329 yards, 3 touchdowns, no interceptions and only one incompletion (which was 100% pass interference). All in one half. Wild.

• Speaking of that second half, we finally got to see some Kyler Murray! He looked pretty good for someone who hasn’t seen the field in over a year. UTEP is hapless, but Murray was competent enough to lead several scoring drives. While Murray is known for his speed, most of his highlights came through the air. Overall, nothing to get too excited about, but he didn’t blow it so that’s positive!

• Abdul Adams got the start and most of the carries, but Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon and even Dimitri Flowers got touches. The running game appears to have reloaded.

• Tight ends are BACK. Mark Andrews had a career day and seems to be Mayfield’s next main target. It wasn’t just Andrews; Grant Calcaterra had a few big catches, including a touchdown.

• That first UTEP possession was ROUGH. Running defense was pretty porous and UTEP scored quick. But other than that, the defense played a decently complete game. But still, this is UTEP.

• Not a great game for the student section. Pair brutal heat with a water bottle shortage and you have a thin section.

MVP: The big cloud that passed over the stadium in the 2nd quarter. Seriously, this beat out Baker’s day. Such a relief.

LVP: Whoever threw the dip spitter on the field. Cool, you dip bro.

Prediction: OU 52-6.

Reality: OU: 56-7. Not too shabby! Standard OU blowout.

Up next: Ohio State in Columbus. The journey begins.

Friday Pre-Bar Primer: UTEP

Time: 2:30 CT

Network: FOX (really?)

Line: OU (-43.0)

The long wait is finally over. It’s time to crack open some 11 AM beers, hit the tailgates (for all 12 of you that got a spot) and get ready for a tradition unlike any other: the season opening cupcake team.

I’m a big superstition guy and nothing spooks me more than the big game opener. OU always comes out flat in hyped up openers, like Houston last season, making UTEP a welcome opening game for both players and fans. The players don’t have to worry about starting 0-1 and the only thing I have to worry about blacking out and missing USC-Florida State.

The goal for OU is pretty simple. Figure out what you can do in a live game situation and get Baker rest for next weekend. We’ll start to see how much we should be concerned about the wide receiving corps and how good the corners like Parnell Motley are. While UTEP won’t deliver a true picture on how good OU will be, we’ll see what to be worried about next weekend in Columbus.

UTEP doesn’t have a lot going for them. The poor SOB’s only won four games last season and play in a town known for drug trafficking, a salsa brand, and an old Marty Robbins song. Their best player is an offensive lineman. What a bummer.

Fortunately for the Miners, they’ll get a massive payout for volunteering to be the Sooners pre-Ohio State warm up. And while the football won’t be great, nothing is quite like a good day at Owen Field with a solid buzz and a Sooner blowout. Welcome back, football.

Prediction: OU 52, UTEP 6, everyone leaves at halftime.