Football Thoughts – Week 7

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on October 20, 2021

College: The suspense and speculation ended when OU started Caleb Williams at quarterback this week against TCU after Spencer Rattler didn’t play very well in the OU-Texas game. Riley pulled Rattler and inserted Williams who pulled the game out for OU, which set up the quarterback controversy.

Williams played extremely well against TCU. The freshman passed for four touchdowns and ran for one more as OU “hung a half a hundred” on TCU.

Now here’s the bad news. TCU quarterback Max Duggan threw four touchdowns against OU, too, as the Sooners beat a depleted TCU team 52-31.

So, we’re back to where we were several years ago with an offense so strong we can score 50 on anybody but need to because anybody can score easily against us. If OU wins out, they will certainly be in the playoffs, but with another team unfit to win the championship with such a pitiable defense. I am sick and tired of our defensive play.

One notable factor for OU: Haselwood caught three of Williams’ touchdown passes.

Iowa State won and Oklahoma State beat Texas, so it’s up in the air who OU might play in the championship game, assuming OU wins out.

#2 Iowa was upset by Purdue, which knocked it out of the playoff rankings for now, to be replaced by Cincinnati, the non-major conference flavor of the season. Cincinnati is good, but I don’t buy the hype. In fact, the Bearcats don’t play anybody. Among their remaining opponents all are small programs and only one – SMUs – has a winning record.

Georgia is #1, and Alabama is #4. They will probably have to duke it out at the SEC championship game, which should settle the hash of one or the other of them. OU sits at #3, which is a perfectly good place to be at this point.

NFL: Only one of the three OU QB Amigos won this week. Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, my new favorite team, beat Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns, rather handily, actually, and Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

My beloved Dallas Cowboys beat the New England Patriots in overtime, in a game they should have won more easily. Penalties, penalties, penalties, and some poor coaching. Head coach Mike Kelly is going to lose the Cowboys a game before the season is over.

The Monday night game I thought was going to be a sleeper turned out to be a gem. The Tennessee Titans beat the Buffalo Bills at the buzzer. (I would have bet a paycheck the Bills would win this game.) When I say the Titans, I mean Derrick Henry, who won this game more of less single handedly for Tennessee. He is a beast, and a fast beast.

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