TULSA - Why do we have such horrible matchups on opening day of college football?
Isn't this supposed to be a great time to soak up some good football, and look forward to what is ahead for the upcoming season?
Unfortunately, in many instances, not the case in this sport.
First of all, college football and basketball are the only sports I know of that allows members to dictate at least a fourth of their own schedule.
I am sure the Yankees would love to schedule the Astros for a third of the 162 game season. Jerry Jones would welcome the Cleveland Browns to his world for four games. Let the Thunder take on Charlotte for 20 of its 82 contests.
OSU vs Savannah State? Come on. OU hosting Florida A&M? What?
And it goes way beyond the locals. The only reason these games are on the schedule? Automatic win for the home team. Half million dollar check for the visitors.
On that subject. Any team that needs to go play these games to pay the bills and sacrifice players to play against athletes far superior in size and speed is a disgrace. Those schools should not play football. Period.
Schools that schedule these for an automatic victory should be penalized by a lack of strength of schedule formula when it is time to make the playoffs or polls.
And it is bad for college football. More than half the fans who attended the OSU game last Saturday went to tailgate, and maybe catch a glimpse of the new Quarterback. The Stadium was more than half empty at halftime. Highway 412 was bumper to bumper on the way back to Tulsa at halftime.
Even the schools biggest booster (we all know who that is) said on television he wants a better schedule.
Recap of our games.
OU at UTEP - Discouraging on the part of the Sooners play. Here is a stat for you - OU linebackers did not make a single solo tackle. Not one. Three assists. That's it. Miners with over 200 yards rushing. Ouch. Stoops says his team, for the most part, out of sync, correctable errors. OU fans hope that is the case with Kansas St in three weeks.
TU at Iowa St. - Also discouraging. TU didn't get the jitters until the 2nd quarter. Had a 16-7 advantage, and played horrible the rest of the way. One of these days TU is going to win one of these games. This result reminded me of the 1991 Freedom Bowl team that lost at Kansas in a game they should have won. That team came home to beat Texas A&M. The Golden Hurricane have a chance to go on a nice winning streak with the next three at home. Although some are questioning his ability, I think TU will be okay with Cody Green at QB. It was his first game in two years.
OSU against ?????? - Not worth discussing. Even OSU OC Todd Monken said his team got absolutely nothing out of it. Nothing.
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