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Oklahoma 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0: The good, the bad and the ugly

A review of the highs and lows from the Oklahoma Sooners' 34-0 win over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. 

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Dumpster Fires of the Week: Hoggin' (again)

dumpster fire

As much as I tried to find something worse or more awful, this week's winning Dumpster Fire has a distinct odor of pork.

1. Quit U

When a mediocre Texas A&M team QB'ed by a freshman puts 58 on your team, you have officially quit. The Arkansas D certainly sucks, and when the combined forces of suck and quit get together you, have the No. 1 Dumpster Fire of the Week.

The Quit U AD must be thinking about making some kind of change. John L. Smith has completely lost this team.

2. Concept of defense in the West Virginia-Baylor game

70-63 is a great EA Sports NCAA 2013 score against a friend, but it's not a game of college football at the highest level.

Geno Smith is a great player but Baylor's D was awful in every way possible. Some of the long TDs were understandable. But others were high school football bad. Same for Baylor's Nick Florence – his long TD before halftime might be the worst D on a final play of the half I've ever seen. It wasn't even a Hail Mary, as Baylor receiver Terrence Williams ran the last 30 yards into the end zone.

It was the last play of the half. Why are you defending against anything but a TD?

3. Ramblin' Wreck(ed)

Last week Georgia Tech gave up a fourth quarter lead to Miami and allowed more than 500 yards of offense. This week the Tech D sucked all the drama out of the game by sucking the entire 4 quarters.

The Yellow Jackets let the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State score 49 points and run for more than 200 yards.

Al Groh, this Dumpster Fire is for you. In a bad day for the ACC, this was the worst moment and the worst loss of the Paul Johnson regime. If you are Tech fan, you have to dreading the upcoming games versus Clemson and Georgia.

4. The Big Ten (save for Northwestern and Ohio State)

Our first conference Dumpster Fire award.

Wisconsin cannot score 10 points against Oregon State but puts up 27 on Nebraska. Illinois gives up 35 to Penn State. Iowa and its eighth-string QB beat up Minnesota, which previously looked halfway decent. Urban Meyer in year one (while on probation) is pretty much going to dominate the conference.

5. Abominations that were the Wisconsin and Nebraska uniforms

I understand this whole trend of mulitiple unis that Oregon has inflicted upon the college football. But the battle of the Teams With Giant Letters was ridiculous.

Nebraska – at home – should not be in red and black. Just awful.

Podcast: Picks Trying Not to Suck and Lots of OU Talk

Homerism and The Skinny get together for a podcast to give their weekly college football picks against the spread. Once they're done with that, they hash out the state of the Sooners.

Skinny and BH discuss:

*Landry Jones' state of mind.
*Are the Sooners slipping?
*Fixing the offense.
*And more.

(Subscribe to Blatant Homerism's Podcast through iTunes. Please rate and review the show if you get the chance, too. Thanks.)

Introducing Dumpster Fires of the Week

Dumpster fire

"Dumpster fire."

It's a self contained smoldering pile of hot garbage. No other phrase quite conveys the same sense of hopelessness and awfulness.

With that in mind, here's the inaugural edition of the college football Dumpster Fires of the Week.

1. The Arkansas football program

Your interim head coach appears to be mentally losing it at press conferences, providing weird soundbites for SportsCenter.

You just lost at home to Rutgers by nearly two touchdowns. You're 1-3 with no signs of the fire stopping.

The only positive here is that John L. Smith is an interim coach.

2. Denard Robinson's passer rating versus Notre Dame

Robinson started the year with a terrible game against Alabama where he could not hit an open wide receiver. But, hey, that was the Crimson Red Army led by Commissar Saban, so that was forgotten.

But then you throw 4 INTs and have a red zone fumble against Notre Dame?

Any other week, Robinson's game would be Dumpster Fire No. 1, but no one is topping the Pigs' season to date.

3. Landry Jones' Saturday night

Basically, it looked like Landry had money on the game. I honestly thought he was throwing the game when it looked like he had fumbled the snap in the third quarter. (It was a bad snap on second viewing.)

A missed TD pass, a gifted TD fumble and a world-class horrible INT – Jones gift-wrapped a victory to an efficient, mistake-free Wildcat team.

4. Bronco Mendenhall's two-point conversion decision against Boise State

Bronco, your team had finally driven the field and scored a TD. Offense was not a strength in the game by any measure.

Boise's kicking game had been so bad that coach Chris Petersen had stopped trying to kick field goals. So, instead of kicking the extra point and forcing overtime, you decided to go for 2? All the momentum was on BYU's side finally. And with a terrible field goal kicking game as the opposition in OT, you go for 2?

5. Mike Leach and Wazzu

Any time you lose to Dumpster Fire U (also known as the Colorado Buffaloes) by giving up 21 points in the fourth quarter, you have definitely earned a spot as a top five Dumpster Fire.

Reality Rankings: Crossroads edition

A while back, it seems, Bob Stoops made a choice.

When he first arrived in 1999, there was no other choice to be made but to build with what he had. He took the raw talent that was given to him and hardened it into a gritty, tough, get-the-fuck-out-the-the-way, ass-kicking organic machine. It begat a national title instantly, mandatory nationwide respect and laid utter waste to the soft, burnt orange prima donnas who, solely because of that Crimson Machine, couldn't sniff national success for half a decade.

But something changed. Stoops came to a crossroads and there was a choice to be made.

Maybe he saw the college offensive landscape changing. Maybe he wanted to be a step ahead of the spread offenses that were about to inundate college football. I don't know, but he chose glamor and flash over heart and soul – passing prowess over hard-nosed rushing. Yes, what he chose was beautiful, and it garnered him mad riches. The Sooners became, again almost instantly with Sam Bradford at the helm, the greatest offensive scoring machine in the history of college football.

But just like Blind Dog Willie Brown, he is stuck with his choice. Worldly reality resurfaces when the glitz wears away. With Bradford gone and Landry Jones in his place, things haven't turned out how Stoops hoped. The shiny life is not so shiny anymore and there is no grit to fall back on.

With a passing game a shell of its former self, the Sooners are trudging along, because that's all they can do. It was predetermined back then. Stoops won't switch quarterbacks. Josh Heupel won't call more running plays. They can't. There is no dominant running back or offensive line built from the hearth.

We sold the grit for the glam. The Devil is collecting in the form of ever more common losses to the likes of Kansas State and Baylor.

Where's our Ralph Macchio to redeem our soul? I don't think Mike Stoops has the magical fingers or the crane technique to save us from this chosen destiny.

Here are this week's Reality Rankings, and, yes, it bites. (Last week in parentheses.)

1. Alabama (1) - Tide hold court and looking forward at their schedule, they will for some time.

2. Florida St (4) - What a difference a year makes. After OU beat Florida St. last year, there was not much excitement in Tallahassee. This year Florida St. won the big early game and the Seminoles are feeling the love.

3. LSU (2) - Big struggle for the Tigers against a seemingly mediocre Auburn team. The SEC homers will say it's because ALL SEC teams are tough. With Auburn sporting a 1-3 record and needing overtime to beat Louisiana-Monroe, that doesn't hold much water.

4. Stanford (3) - Had a bye week after the USC win. To maintain their high ranking, the Cardinal will have to have a very strong showing against below-average Washington on Thursday.

5. Notre Dame (5) - Don't think the win against Michigan was as valuable as it seems, but the Irish are getting the gritty wins when it counts. Toughness, it's a beautiful thing.

6. Florida (6) - Had over 200 yards rushing and passing against Kentucky and now have a week of before challenging LSU at home. LSU is in for a battle at The Swamp.

7. Kansas St. (-) - Unfortunately, I agree with the AP ranking for the Wildcats. Bill Snyder's boys don't beat themselves. Kansas St. will only lose to a better team.

8. Georgia (7) - Could be interchangeable with Oregon here. Vandy and Missouri look to be slightly better wins than Arizona and Fresno St.

9. Oregon (9) - With more performances like the one against Arizona, the Ducks will undoubtedly rise up in the Reality Rankings.

10. Texas (10) - Slim pickings in terms of quality wins for other teams leaves the Longhorns at the 10 spot.

Dropped from rankings: UCLA (8)

The fine line between complacency and confidence

Bob Stoops

In the aftermath of a frustrating loss to Kansas State, Jordan Esco of Crimson and Cream Machine has penned a scathing assessment of the state of Oklahoma’s football program. His conclusion: OU needs a Texas-style football enema. (Not a Tennessee-style one, mind you.)

Esco is, of course, referring to UT coach Mack Brown’s decision to clean house following a disastrous 2010 campaign. Brown bunkered down, talked to some “consultants” and by January 2011, a number of longtime Longhorn coaches “decided to retire” and were replaced by young whippersnappers with new-fangled ideas about how to play football. Texas improved to 8-5 the following season and has started the 2012 season 3-0, sitting at No. 10 in the USA Today Poll as the ‘Horns prepare to face Oklahoma State this weekend.

Esco draws a number of parallels between the situation at Texas in 2010 and where the Sooners stand now, but his argument primarily rests on the idea that Bob Stoops and his program are as complacent now as Brown claims to have been after his 2009 team played for a national championship.

That very well could be the case. However, before we call Mack in for an audit of OU, let’s unpack the Texas parable for a moment. I think the end result will be instructive.

Way back in 2004, Brown made the call to unleash Vince Young and install a spread offense scheme that was wildly successful. Texas won a national championship the next year. When Young left, the ‘Horns stuck with the spread under new quarterback Colt McCoy and won Mack’s second Big 12 title. They had a legitimate gripe about getting aced out of the BCS title game in ‘08 and they did play for another national championship in ‘09.

After falling to Alabama in that game, Mack decided he wanted what Nick Saban had. He decreed that Texas would junk the spread and go to a “pro-style” offense.

Now, you could certainly blame what happened to Texas on the field in 2010 on complacency within the coaching staff. Maybe, however, it was foolish to assume that a team that had been built and coached to play one way for years could change course overnight and not entertain the idea that your squad might struggle with the transition.

I know which version of events I’d go with if I was trying to save my ass.


I bring all this up not to dismiss the idea that Texas’s program is traveling on an upward trajectory now or that Mack made the right moves after his team fell apart in ‘10. But shit tends to roll downhill around the Texas football program. Playing the complacency card implies that the people around you weren't good enough.

The staff that Mack gutted did win a national title. Yet, while he's still on the 40 Acres, they're calling plays in Iowa City.

I don’t know how any OU fan could look at the last seven or eight games that the Sooners have played and not be concerned. Then again, I remember having the same concerns during the 2005 season – OU won the Big 12 three straight times after that year. Oklahoma looked like a mess in 2009 – the Sooners won the Big 12 again a year later.

Changes were made then, even if no press conferences were called.

Maybe this time will be different. Maybe Stoops really has grown complacent after 14 years on the job. However, he seems as much the same stubborn ass now that he was back then.

Don't expect for Stoops to express any doubt in himself or his plan from now until his last day as OU's coach. That might not placate fans who want answers, but that's how he rolls.

Time for Sooners to make serious changes

Bob Stoops

Now is the time for Bob Stoops to earn his multi-million dollar salary.

The 14-year head football coach is already on the hot seat with the fans who are growing weary of unimpressive performances. He needs to make some serious changes to his squad.

OU has gone 32-11 (.744) since 2009, and the Sooners 4-3 in the last seven games. That’s quite a drop from Stoops’ record of 109-24 (.819) in his first 10 years. He is the first coach to lose to Oklahoma State three times. He also is the first coach to lose to Baylor. Both are unforgivable in Sooner Land, especially the three losses to little brother upstate.

Forty-two years ago, the Sooners were struggling, and fans displayed signs to “Chuck Chuck” in reference to getting rid of coach Chuck Fairbanks. Fairbanks led the Sooners to a 10-1 record and No. 3 ranking in his first season in 1967. Oklahoma went 13-8 the next two years and began the 1970 season with two unimpressive wins before losing to Oregon State, 23-14, in Norman. The Sooners had a bye week before going to Dallas to take on Texas.

Barry Switzer, his offensive coordinator, suggested switching the offense to the Wishbone that brought tremendous success to the Longhorns. The Sooners switched to the new offense, but went through growing pains that year with a 5-3-1 record the rest of the season.

Barry Switzer

The Sooners returned to national prominence the next year and finished final nine years of the 1970s with a 95-9-2 record, including two national championships and seven Big Eight Conference titles. Switzer took over as head coach in 1973, and most of his tenure consisted of the wishbone attack. It vaulted Switzer into status of “King of College Football” as many fans like to refer to him. He added a third national championship under his watch in 1985. His win percentage of .837 percent (157-29-4) is the best among modern-day coaches. He won 12 conference championships in his 16 years as head coach and won eight of 13 bowl games.

The 2012 Sooners need a lot of changes. Landry Jones has not improved. He’s not successful under pressure. He is pretty darn good when he’s got time to throw, but when there’s pressure, he gets the deer in the headlights look.

Kansas State defensive end Austin Davis told ESPN that the Wildcats exploited Jones' blind side.

“I noticed it in the first half,” he said. “When we’d get upfield, he’d start jabbing his feet real quick and moving. That let us know that he don’t like nobody in his blind side, and we tried to attack it all night.”

Future opponents will try the same. Texas, for example, has two defensive ends (Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat) who combined for five sacks and 10 quarterback hurries in the Longhorns' first three games. You know they have to be licking their chops about this news.

The front seven for OU’s defense is another trouble spot. No pressure on Kansas State’s quarterback all night Saturday. Collin Klein completed 13 of 21 passes for 149 yards. He completed 4 of 5 for 72 yards in the fourth quarter, 3 of 3 for 60 yards to lead the Wildcats’ final scoring drive.

There are some dangerous quarterbacks down the road—Texas Tech’s Seth Doege, West Virginia’s Geno Smith, and, believe it or not, David Ash at Texas.

K-State’s running game, led by John Hubert’s 130 yards, rolled up 213 yards. Again, a team like Texas has some powerful running backs who will need to be slowed down for the Sooners to have any chance of a victory in a couple of weeks.

Four decades ago, Fairbanks had wrestled with the idea of changing to a completely new offensive system. He knew something had to be done to save his job and for fans to toss out the “Chuck Chuck” signs.

With a week off before playing Texas Tech, Stoops must wrestle with some decisions now if he wants to return Oklahoma to the hunt for the national championship.

BlogPoll Ballot: Irish rise to top spot

Let's make one thing clear: I absolutely believe Alabama is the best team in the country. I thought that before the season and I've seen nothing to really change my mind.

Likewise, at this point, I strongly suspect Notre Dame is overrated in terms of national perception.

I can't deny the Fighting Irish their due, though. Up to now, ND has the best body of work and deserves to be recognized for its schedule.

Before some Harvey Updyke out there decides to come destroy my lawn for not having the Crimson Tide at No. 1, just remember that it's not where you are right now that matters, but where you finish.

(Who am I even kidding?)

Without further adieu...

 

 

Tim Tebow it was not

In September 2008, a pretty good Ole Miss team traveled to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and stole a game that the Florida Gators really had no business losing. Few without a Confederate symbol in the fight remember what happened on the field that day nearly as well as what transpired afterward.

Florida fumbled the ball away three times and had an extra point blocked in the 31-30 loss. The Rebels converted two short fields off of gator turnovers into scores, including a Tim Tebow fumble on the Florida 18-yard line. In the postgame press conference, the quarterback took to the dais, issued a statement now (ridiculously) immortalized somewhere on the Florida campus and took off.

Some swooning pundits later credited Tebow's pledge with being the moment that fueled the Gators' run to a 13-1 season and national championship.

After losing over the weekend to Kansas State, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones was asked during Monday's press conference if the Sooners can still win the national championship. His response wasn't the stuff that plaques are made of:

“Why not?”

Like Gator Jesus, the 'Stache is a religious guy in his own right. But he was smart not to go all fire and brimstone when talking about the remainder of the season. His demeanor is about as rah-rah as a Spalding Gray monologue. He would've sounded ridiculous.

Jones' perfunctory response does seem to match the mood in Sooner Land and general perception of OU, though. Forget winning a national championship or Big 12 title. Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls is now predicting OU will finish the year 6-6. Jake Trotter of ESPN's Sooner Nation is laying out a path to disaster. Bloggers are wondering if the Sooners should keep showing up for games the rest of the year.

Man, was this loss really that bad?

*OU had a slight edge in total yardage (396-377).

*OU had more first downs (25-20).

*Yards per play were almost even between two (5.8 for KSU to 5.7 for OU).

*OU had five drives of more than 50 yards during the game, while Kansas St. had two.

A year ago, Purple Kansas won 10 games in the deepest conference in the country. The team is helmed by one of the best coaches in college football history. Yet, the stats don’t suggest that OU got worked all over the field last Saturday night. This game came down to three mistakes by the quarterbacks in a game where the opponent didn’t make any.

Of course, the problem is that those mistakes weren’t exactly tiny slip-ups. Those kinds of blunders have been occurring far too frequently around Norman as of late. You can get away with them against UTEP – not in the Big 12.

The implications of the Sooners' prolonged stretch of sloppy play are worrisome in the bigger picture. In the here and now, though, getting your ass kicked would be cause for much greater concern. That's not what's happening, and it’s not coachspeak to say that OU’s issues are fixable. Writing off the Sooners’ chances to have a successful season and win a conference title assumes they won’t be.

We can all agree that this OU team is flawed. Losing to KSU won't signify some miraculous turning point in a season where the Sooners roll on to win a national title. This team couldn't touch a squad like the one that Florida had in '08.

But getting back to that point is a discussion for January. For now, there are nine games left in this season. Relax, let the year play out and put your predictions of doom on hold. (For at least two weeks.)

Kansas State 24, Oklahoma 19: The good, the bad, the ugly and the scary

Collin Klein, Corey Nelson

We knew nothing substantial about Oklahoma after two games. Needless to say, the intel after the Kansas State game is not good.

Good

*Sterling Shepard looks every bit like the star many folks thought he would be. Give Heupel some credit for putting him into the game to give Landry Jones two slot-like targets.  He made plays when KSU tried to take away Kenny Stills.

*WRs corps overall had a decent game. No real drops. They made plays when they got the ball.

*Running backs averaged nearly 5 yards per carry. The RBs all flashed talent at various times, but OU was not able to stay consistent with a running attack after the first drive. The three-RB look with Finch was a nice touch. (Why did we run it only once?)

*Aaron Colvin's pass coverage most of the night was really good.

*Brennan Clay's  kickoffs return were pretty good, twice setting up nice field position.

*The first drive play calling and creativity was very good, but spoiled by Jones missing Brannon Green in the end zone.

*Bad

*Mike Stoops' second-half defensive strategy on third down was far too passive. Klein had way too much time to throw, and eventually the Sooner's coverage broke down. OU needed to get the Wildcats off the field, but instead got worn down in the fourth quarter. In particular, OU struggled with the Wildcats when they went with five wideouts.

*OU's run defense was average to poor most of the night. The increase in competition erased any boost provided by Casey Walker's return or David King at defensive end. DE production is falling off compared to Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis. Pass rush wasn't there all game.

*Is anyone else concerned that two of Heupel's proteges (Bradford in the NFL with Amendola) and Landry Jones (Ryan Broyles, Stills) seem unable to function without their go to Slot WR. What's Heupel teaching them that causes this?

Ugly

*Bell's costly fumble set OU back big time. OU could have run up to the line quickly and tried Damien Williams
again, but instead brought in Bell.

*OU received a reprieve on the Landry fumble to Finch due to excellent slow mo replay work by Fox, but WTF was that play call anyway? Especially on your own 11?

*I mentioned this weeks ago after the UTEP game, but Landry Jones' draft ranking is in total free fall. He's cost
himself millions of dollars.Bob should have kicked him to the NFL for both Landry's sake and OU's.

Scary (I'm sorry – this section is going to be long)

*OU does not appear to have the right personnel at lineback and defensive line to play the kind of D Mike wants, especially run defense. Against a team that ran the ball 40 plus times, OU's four leading tacklers were all DBs. Tom Wort, in particular, is miscast as the MIKE LB for this defense. Great DE play seems to have been masking average DT play. Now that the DEs are struggling, the lack of playmakers at DT is glaring. OU's inability to get any kind of stop in the 4th to give the offense a chance was depressing and concerning.

*Landry played the kind of game you would expect from a QB in hid first starting season, not a fourth-year starter.
His two killer turnovers lost this game for OU. There's no other way to say it. The turnovers provided KSU all
the momentum and field position to first stay in the game in the first half and then take over the game in the
4th quarter. This was the worst game Landry has ever played in Norman. Usually, OU can rely on Landry to click at home and struggle on the road. Instead, we got mental errors that cost OU the game.

*Jones is not getting any better and Bob won't pull him. We know the Landry ceiling and we saw the floor tonight.
If possible, Landry's locking onto the slot WR more than ever. KSU nearly had three more picks throwing into coverage around Stills, especially on 3rd down. He's not seeing the outside WRs at all who are consistently open.
Opponents have a true dilemma, in that they must pressure Jonesy without actually hitting him for concern that they might hurt him.

*An injury is the only way Bob would replace Landry Jones. Sooner fans were ridiculed for wanting Landry to leave, but we're facing the reason why. OU is in rebuilding mode, and we're wasting QB starts on a guy who is not getting better and is leaving next year. This game should have been Blake Bell's third game as a starting QB.

*OU is facing a season-crippling losing streak. The Sooners get another apparently useless bye week and then have to go to recent House of Horrors in Lubbock. OU flat out quit last time they were there. A week later OU
has to play UT, who can run the ball and has a D with the athletes to make things tough on the OU offense.
Any team with a power running game is a threat to beat up the OU defense (ND, OSU, ISU), and we still haven't seen if the revamped D can stop a spread passing attack (Baylor, Tech, WVU, and OSU again). In addition, Jones can make OU lose a game to anyone on the schedule. Lubbock appears to be a fork in the road between rallying and getting to 9-3 range or a potential meltdown season of 7-5.

*If OU crashes to a 7-5 season, does Bob Stoops have the drive and energy to get things fixed. Is he willing to throw himself into recruiting like never before? Is he willing to remove some long-tenured coaches?

Recruiting Implications

1. It looks like OU desperately needs two JUCO DTs to reload there. The young DTs are not getting many reps
to prove that they are the surefire replacements OU needs. And OU cannot go into next year at DT with only those inexperienced kids to man the interior DL.

2. A JUCO middle LB who can provide a physical run stopping presence and still drop in coverage. OU appears to have a bunch WILL LBs on the roster right now.

3. Finally, a JUCO defensive end is probably heading to the top of the list. Again, OU cannot rely upon only Chuka Ndulue, Rashod Favors, Michael Onouha and Charles Tapper to man the position.

Kansas State 24, Oklahoma 19: Loss to Wildcats latest in Sooners' slide

Trey Millard

Saturday night's match-up with the Kansas State Wildcats had all the makings of a game that Oklahoma typically dominates.

This is not a typical Oklahoma team.

Kansas State's 24-19 upset win marked Bob Stoops' first home loss to a ranked team. Prior to the game, OU was 16-4 coming off of a bye under Stoops. The Sooners had lost to Kansas State just once since Stoops took over in 1999.

Unfortunately, trends and history don't win games.

The Sooners bumbled and fumbled their way through the contest, and as well-coached teams do, K-State gladly took advantage. OU was sloppy with the ball, giving the Wildcats 17 points off turnovers. The Sooners burned multiple timeouts on defense due to either miscommunication or an inability to get properly aligned. They wasted another late in the fourth quarter when they tried to get cute with a trick play on a two-point conversion that would have brought them within three points. A long touchdown run was negated by a holding penalty on receiver Justin Brown.

When the Sooners did put themselves in scoring position, they shot themselves in the foot more often than not. Had OU not received a fortunate replay reversal on a bizarre flip play deep in its own territory, who knows how much greater KSU's margin of victory would have been?

Yet, how Oklahoma lost this game seems far less important than what it all means in terms of the bigger picture for the program. The same issues continue to rear their ugly heads for the Sooners in what officially qualifies as a disturbing slump.

Even with all the poor execution on the part of the players, offensive coordinator Josh Heupel's offensive scheming remains the most frustrating aspect of OU's disappointing play, dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Ever since Ryan Broyles was lost to a knee injury in the middle of last season, OU's offense has drifted along. The Sooners poke and prod at opposing defenses with little direction and even less success. Whereas the uptempo, no-huddle offense once overpowered opponents, it now feels almost reactive. OU used to push the ball down the field and pressure defenses to keep up. Now, there's so much "hurry up and wait" going on out there that the Sooners look flat-out indecisive.

Furthermore, despite quarterback Landry Jones' erratic play, Heupel continues to put the game on his quarterback's shoulders at the expense of his ground attack – OU ran the ball 27 times versus KSU, while throwing it 43 times. Jones has clearly buckled under that weight. He's panicking in the pocket, locking on targets and struggling to develop chemistry with the receiving corps. It's as though all of the flaws evidenced in his game early in his career have been magnified to the point that he has actually regressed from where he was as a quarterback two years ago.

So, what now? Well, if you've followed Oklahoma for the last 13 years, you know that not much will change.

Bob Stoops has a stubborn streak that qualifies as confidence when his teams are winning and hubris when they're not winning as much. He's intensely loyal, so a shake-up in the coaching staff at this point in the season seems unlikely. That loyalty almost certainly extends to Jones, who passed on leaving early for the NFL to play a fifth year in Norman. In other words, don't bet on a change under center.

No, Sooner Nation has to accept that what you see with this squad is probably what you're going to get from here until December.

And it's not great.