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Football thoughts – Week 5

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on October 17, 2020

I’m running very late with my blogs about last week because one of my daughters came to visit, the first of my daughters I have seen in person in months, and I reordered my priorities to spend time with her and my son-in-law. Sorry, not sorry.

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners won the annual Red River Shootout over Texas 53-45. (The media now refer to this game as the Red River Showdown because “Shootout” is no longer considered politically correct, but it will always be Shootout to me, and as you can see by the score, this one was definitely a shootout.

The over/under on this game was 72.5 points, so Vegas expected a high scoring game given the potent offenses of the two teams and, for OU at least, the pitiable defenses. But the teams blew right through that line to 98 points, the highest total points ever scored in the 116 years of this rivalry.

To be fair, the game went to four overtimes, so it was longer than the average game, and there was a lot of scoring in the overtimes. But many of the points were scored during regulation, due to porous defenses and a lot of mistakes and penalties. But as any Sooner fan, or Longhorn fan, will tell you, no matter how ugly the game may be, any win in this game is paramount.

I digress to give a nod to Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, as this was probably his last game against OU. Ehlinger is 1-4 against us, with three losses in regular season games and one loss in a Big 12 Championship game, but this record is deceptive. Ehlinger is an excellent quarterback, and he gave us fits every game. I am surprised our record against him is that good. I have respect for him as a player. That said, I will not be sorry to see him move on, for he is dangerous.

In the Big 12, Iowa State beat Texas Tech and Kansas State beat TCU. Both of these winning teams have beaten OU, damn it. At this point in the season, three Big 12 teams are in the top 25, including Texas at 22, but Oklahoma is not one of them. It’s impossible to see how we can make it to the playoffs this year. The current top four teams – Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida – are legitimate contenders (though Florida has to get through Georgia, and I don’t see that happening). Notre Dame sits in the fifth spot. As usual, ND has an embarrassingly easy schedule, but they catch Clemson this year, which should be a very long afternoon for them.

Missouri upset LSU, which made my friend Peter happy, and the Aggies upset the aforementioned Florida, which made my daughter Erin incredibly happy. Both were impressive wins.

NFL: The Dallas Cowboys won their game against the New York Giants, but lost quarterback Dak Prescott for the season. Even with this serious injury (a compound ankle fracture) to Prescott, the NFC East is so weak this year that Dallas still might win the division. Dallas already leads the dreadful division with a losing 2-3 record, and the Cowboys have a very respectable backup quarterback in Andy Dalton.

In the comparison and contract between Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, the Cardinals beat the Jets and the Browns beat the Colts, so both Heisman Trophy winning, #1 draft choice OU quarterbacks did well. The Cardinals won more handily – 30-10, but the Browns had the tougher opponent – 32-23. (Arizona plays the Cowboys Monday night. I’m conflicted who to pull for.)

In the family feud between Belichick and Brady, both were losers of a kind. Tampa Bay was upset by the Chicago Bears and New England wasn’t even able to play its game due to Covid-19 issues causing postponement of its game.

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