So how is the actual weather at 7:00 going to be?
Wind and temp and real feel?
You guys act like we have palm trees in Oklahoma.:confused: Have you heard our state song, from the musical Oklahoma? "Ohhhhhh-klahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain?" Sad to report to you guys, but Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our big practice days. Yesterday, the high in Stillwater was 53, with sustained winds of 18 mph and gusts to 30. Currently in Tulsa, it is sunny and 46. We're the only team in the Big XII that doesn't have an indoor practice facility. We practice in bad weather.
Were your guys out practicing in the cold and wind this week?
The longer we can hang with them, the more pressure they will feel on offense.
They are most likely expecting to be up by at least 21 after the first quarter. If we are within one score of them, they will start pressing and hopefully make mistakes.
I think we need to do the following to stay in the game and give the team a shot to win it in the 4th:
The offense needs to sustain drives. Limit 3 and outs and NO turnovers.
The offense needs to win the field position battle. If we can't keep a drive going, we need to pin OSU deep and make them drive the whole field to score. Giving OSU a short field will kill the D and kill our confidence.
The offense needs to score points whenever possible. No missed field goals and hopefully we can convert in the redzone for touchdowns. We will probably need to score at least 35 to win.
On defense we need to contain them, because we wont be able to stop them. We can't give up the big play. Against Texas, we executed pretty well at times, but we turned the ball over and gave up a few HUGE plays, which ended up killing us.
The D needs to do everything it can to cover Blackmon. OSU has other recievers but he is a difference maker. LJ needs to have a great game locked up on him, with no stupid penalties.
We CAN with the game tomorrow, but it will probably have to be our best game of the season. We will also need a complete game like against TTU. It also wouldn't hurt if OSU has a bad game and commits some turnovers.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want Weeden hurt, and his loss would end our national title hopes, but it wouldn't keep us from competing with Iowa State.
That's why I'm praying for a game where nobody gets hurt, on either team.
What I'm saying is our worst games have been when we haven't tackled well defensively. Offense hasn't been great in those games either but we are focusing on OSU's offense in this thread. Every ball Weeden's thrown has not been 20 yards+. He completes a huge percentage of passes under 10-12 that playmakers turn into big plays. The QB isn't credited with YAC I know. But 10/10 on screens that go for 20 yards each and 5/10 on deep 40 yard passes net the same yardage. Just like RGIII and many of the other heisman QB's, they don't get those huge numbers alone and they don't throw a bunch of deep balls to amass that yardage. We must limit big plays "YAC" by tackling well and keep deep passes in front of our deepest defender.
It doesn't matter much anyways because it looks like it will be perfect fall football weather. 50s maybe high 40s with moderate winds.
My point is, you don't need to get so defensive. I don't think anyone here is badmouthing your team, we just want our to win.
Also, a lot of guys look awesome in the spring game. And when you are up by 40, there's a lot less pressure for the garbage time QB to make a few good plays and hand off the ball. If Chelf had to come in in the first half and was expected to carry the team like Weeden does, your offense would for sure take a hit and that's all an upset minded team needs sometimes.