Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Big 12 GOTW

Welcome back College Football fans! It's opening week and that means plenty of bloodbath games on the schedule.

In no other conference is that more true than the Big 12. I considered (14) TCU at Baylor. With TCU winning the Rose Bowl last year and losing Dalton and Baylor returning Griffith and a group of talent receivers, I thought maybe. But then I remember it's freaking Baylor. So I went a different direction.

So this week the Big 12 Game Of The Week is Tulsa Golden Hurricane visiting preseason number 1 Oklahoma Sooners.

Why? Well that's a great questions. Oklahoma is the number one ranked team in the preseason. Tulsa, not so much. But Tulsa did have a pretty good offense in 2010 and return 10 starters from that offense.

Tulsa on the other hand is a pretty interesting team. Coming off a 10-3 season they were one of the most improved teams in 2010. Despite new head coach making his HC debut in Norman, the Golden Hurricanes return 54 lettermen and 18 starters. Look for Sr. QB GJ Kline to hook up with SR WR Damaris Johnson a few times in this game. The 5th ranked total offense in 2010 should be able to put up some points

Defensively SR LB Curnelius Arnick, last season leading tackler, returns to lead the Tulsa Defense. Although don't expect much from the 113th ranked defense in 2010. Hopefully for the Tulsa D, the offense can carry the load once again. But honestly Landry Jones and company should have a field day.

Speaking of Jones and company, there's not a lot to say about a loaded Oklahoma team that hasn't already been written a million times this preseason. But I can tell you that they return 8 starters on each side of the ball from a team that went 12-2 last year.Their offense ranked 10th overall in 2010. And one would have to think that the 54th ranked defense will have to improve this year.

Jones you know returns for his Junior season. But the Sooners also return leading tackler SR LB Travis Lewis.

Vegas has the Sooners by 24.5 and really I can't disagree with the large spread. With a new head coach and the high expectations the Nation has piled on Stoop's boys, I have a feeling OU will take care of business early. But if for some reason they give Tulsa some hope and the Hurricane offense is in mid season form, it could get interesting.

Smart money may take the over 64.5, with the two high powered offenses. Especially if OU's defense didn't progress as well as anticipated.

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