August 12, 2008

2008: Grading the non-conference schedules


We've created a vicious cycle in college football. Sure we all love the fact that just about every game is on TV nowadays. And because coaches and athletic directors want their teams to look good on TV, so they schedule a lot of limp fish opponents. Because wins beget bowl games. Bowl games begets job security. Job security begets more money. Thus, more money is insured by wins. You spin me right round baby right round, like a record.

No longer do college football teams across the country take chances. Or, well, rarely do they. Have you noticed how boring Septembers have become, except for the occasional Appy State upset of Michigan or Ohio State showdown with Texas?

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November 18, 2007

Down Go The Sooners As Tech Hangs On

LUBBOCK, Texas - Evidently, Oklahoma did not control its own destiny. Texas Tech had something to say about the Sooners' future and so did fate, as quarterback Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game on a fluke play that left him with a concussion in the opening quarter.

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Crazy Finish

LUBBOCK, Texas -Third-ranked Oklahoma scored on a 9-yard TD pass from Joey Halzle to Manuel Johnson with 31 second left, cutting the Texas Tech lead to 34-27. But the Red Raiders recovered the ensuing onside kick to will kill the final seconds.

November 17, 2007

Red Zone Woes

LUBBOCK, Texas - Third-ranked Oklahoma twice moved the ball into scoring position late in the fourth quarter only to be turned away by Texas Tech. The Sooners were stopped at the Tech 6 and again at the 17, both times turning the ball over on downs.

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Tech trying to avoid OU comeback

LUBBOCK, Texas - A 65-yard scoring pass from Joey Halzle to Manuel Johnson has trimmed the Texas Tech lead to 34-20 with 7:50 remaining in regulation.

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Sooners' Last Stand?

LUBBOCK, Texas - If third-ranked Oklahoma has any Sooner Magic hiding in its bag of tricks, it will have the fourth quarter to unveil it. And it will need every ounce of that magic it can muster, as Texas Tech leads 34-13 with 15 minutes to play.

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Looking more like Sooners are going down

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech has added another touchdown to extend its lead over No. 3 Oklahoma to 34-10. Aaron Crawford capped a 5-play, 34-yard drive with a 3-yard run, after the Sooners botched a fake punt attempt.

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Upset in the making?

LUBBOCK, Texas - With Oregon losing to Arizona Thursday night, the table was set for No. 3 Oklahoma. All the Sooners had to do to earn a spot in the BCS title game was run the table the rest of the way. Just ake care of business.

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Critical Possession For Sooners

LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma, trailing 27-7 and in desperate need of producing something positive on offense, drove to the Texas Tech one yard line late inin the half. But instead of scoring a touchdown, the Sooners had to settle for a Garrett Hartley field goal.

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Deja vu at quarterback?

LUBBOCK, Texas - Just two nights after second-ranked Oregon lost quarterback Dennis Dixon to injury and then lost its game to Arizona, No. 3 Oklahoma is facing a similar situation against Texas Tech.

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Fortunes change on the plains

LUBBOCK, Texas - A 1-yard scoring run by Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell gives the Raiders a 13-7 lead just moments after Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford left the game with what is thought to be a possible concussion.

Still 5:03 left in the first quarter, Tech leads and the Sooners have the ball.

Tech chipping away

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech has trimmed the early Oklahoma lead to 7-6 thanks to a pair Alex Trilica field goals,from 52 and 38 yards out. The slow-moving first quarter has featured, lots of Tech passes and lots of incompletions.

Sooners off to fast start

LUBBOCK, Texas - It took Texas Tech just four plays to move the ball into Oklahoma territory. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, their fifth play turned out to be a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown by the Sooners' Lendy Holmes.

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Road To BCS Runs Through West Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas - In a season where upsets have become commonplace and where any number of nationally-ranked teams start each new week battling to stay off the endangered species list, the old saying "Any win is a good win" has never rung more true.

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