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I'm getting pretty confident

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I started thinking about it. This is the only team that will have the experience of going from Lincoln Riley to Venables. Now I know next year has a lot of players that will have played under Lincoln too, but by then they will understand Venables fully system and it will be "business as usual to some degree". The stark contrast will have worn a bit. This team underwent the transformation as it was happening. That type of transformation can either go bad or good. This one has gone extremely well.

This team has TAKEN to Venables' culture and coaching changes and I think will have the highest level of appreciation for the change (stay with me here). We are constantly seeing players make comments (as respectfully as they can) about how much more they are learning, being coached appropriately, being bought in, thankful to be here, etc etc. This is the appreciation you really won't be able to replicate in the coming years as it will by then be expectation. That is the "extra excitement/motivation" secret ingredient.

That is the same appreciation the '99-00 Sooners felt for Bob. Did that team have 5*s and tons of talent - not really. Actually it had good quality players that were coached up and put in the right position to succeed AND had an appreciation for what it was like under Blake.

I really feel that this team has that secret ingredient (even if maybe not all the players are at the level of Alabama and Georgia). I'm starting to believe if we make it to the playoffs - we WILL have the players that can win it and their investment level will most definitely put them in a position to win.

Could be totally wrong, but that is what I'm really starting think!
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Post by SoonerMike »

I think you have a valid point. I had the same "general" thoughts without your good analysis.
I think the next 3 games will really provide a sound evaluation of the progress we have made.
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Post by OU Guy »

@SoonerGirl1201

Really great post and very concise with some imfo to back up your thought process. I think all of us feel the same but because of past experiences we find it hard to get over the hump of believing. So far we’ve seen it and heard it yet we question how good Neb was to not let our minds wander too far.

We’re so tarnished from last year where practically every game was a struggle, its hard to think we could actually make and compete in playoffs. Yet so far every checkmark has been checked even going down on road in front of 85k starved fans and not panicking and ending up where we could have scored 80 if we wanted to. I did a reply yesterday and showed that Neb had around 20 avg recruiting classes which isn’t that bad and shows they have talent. Even the new coach bump didn’t allow OU players to get rattled.

I think this KSU game will be the one to get us over that phychological hump if we win in grand fashion. Pundits say KSU is good and were looking ahead to OU last week (why they lost). If true and if we win big it will say a lot where we are.
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Well, I did think KSU would be the “other team” in the Big 12 for this year (surprised they lost last week). So I’m in agreement that we’ll know a lot more after this weekend.
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Post by StatesEye »

A lot of reasons for confidence. This is the best playing Sooner football team since the early 2019 season, IMO. Unquestionably a much better team than at any time last year. If this year's team continues to develop then they have an excellent shot for another conference title and trip to the CFP. Are they capable of winning it all??? I'm less confident about that. Over the last ten years (and likely longer), teams playing in the CFP final have one elite unit, either offense or defense. By elite, I mean a Top-3 statistical ranking in categories like yards per play, EPA, success rate, etc. Furthermore, though these teams have one elite unit, the other unit has been very good....typically ranked in the Top-25 of the same categories. Currently, both OU's offense and defense are ranked in the Top-15, so one unit has to develop into elite status over the season if they are to have a realistic shot at the CFP finals.......if the current trend holds, that is.
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Colin trashed us this summer now has a new take:

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Post by SoonerGirl1201 »

Its nice to start getting a little love!!! But even with all my excitement and growing confidence, I too want to temper my expectations and understand building takes time. I'm just really so thankful to have Brent V! I think it is a MASSIVE blessing that Lincoln chose to leave. In time I think we will all show him way more appreciation than bitterness for making our program so much better because he left.

You know he wasn't going to ever be fired for at least another 3-5 years min (if at all). Imagine where we will be in that time with Brent!
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Post by inconnu »

SoonerGirl1201 wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:56 am Its nice to start getting a little love!!! But even with all my excitement and growing confidence, I too want to temper my expectations and understand building takes time. I'm just really so thankful to have Brent V! I think it is a MASSIVE blessing that Lincoln chose to leave. In time I think we will all show him way more appreciation than bitterness for making our program so much better because he left.

You know he wasn't going to ever be fired for at least another 3-5 years min (if at all). Imagine where we will be in that time with Brent!
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Post by Oklahombre »

I heard on KREF yesterday that Mason-Thomas, soon-to-be superstar freshman, is practicing this week. I believe we go into this game with no injuries.

I don't think we had any major injuries during the 2000 NC year. Heupel was on his last leg at the end but toughed it out. :dillon:
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Speaking of injuries think about how hard we worked these kids spring and summer. They even went to rugby grounds (harder/jot surface) for 11 days. I think a team can never avoid injuries but having so few lends to the physical nature of all the off season work. Brent said his goal was to work them harder off season so in games its not as hard and comes easier. I think its all paying off.
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Post by RussC »

I wonder if Nic Anderson is good to go
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Post by Oklahombre »

RussC wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 4:59 pm I wonder if Nic Anderson is good to go
Good question. Russ. I don't think he's a major cog for this season's team, though. Probably a red-shirt candidate. :confusedplus:

Would anyone else like to see him tried at running-back, just because? :dude:
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Post by OU Chinaman »

...I'd still like to get a look at Gavin Sawchuk, the speed merchant from Colorado. Beginning to think he may be a redshirt candidate.
Murray will have a challenge keeping all these stud-hoss rb's, but I'm beginning to understand the transfer portal works both ways, and he's recruiting at a high level, so probably a good thing to be running back rich.

I think the SOONERS could repeat their 300 yd rushing performance vs. Nebraska, this Saturday.
But, if Kleiman stacks the run game, then the archangel of the Big 12 could throw it 35 times.

If it wasn't a night game, I likely would have gone to this game. (Try to make one every year.)

But, thinking more & more maybe the OwussU game is the one to attend. The cowpukes must be gelded! :cool:

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OU Chinaman wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:33 pm ...I'd still like to get a look at Gavin Sawchuk, the speed merchant from Colorado. Beginning to think he may be a redshirt candidate.
Murray will have a challenge keeping all these stud-hoss rb's, but I'm beginning to understand the transfer portal works both ways, and he's recruiting at a high level, so probably a good thing to be running back rich.

I think the SOONERS could repeat their 300 yd rushing performance vs. Nebraska, this Saturday.
But, if Kleiman stacks the run game, then the archangel of the Big 12 could throw it 35 times.

If it wasn't a night game, I likely would have gone to this game. (Try to make one every year.)

But, thinking more & more maybe the OwussU game is the one to attend. The cowpukes must be gelded! :cool:

:ou: :ou: :ou: :rice:
I'm using that "the archangel of the Big 12" - that's PERFECT!!!!! :BV:
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Post by OU Guy »

I just love what Brent has accomplished in such a short time. Looking at another angle it was said he turned down HC jobs in prior years.

Where I’m going with this? A coach does not come in and accomplish what Brent has without having had a plan all along. Meaning he must have always figured out what he would do if he ever did become a HC.

And once OU came open and knocking at his door my assumption is he said he’d take the job if certain things were accomodated. Look at all the extra coaches and specialists. There is no doubt in my mind this man was already prepared for the job way before he had it. He likely had lists of coaches he’d go after as well. I read somewhere he still has notebooks of when he was at KSU as a player. Very prepared. We are seeing the fruits of that prepardness play out this year.

Here’s a great video clip! He really has this teams attention!

In Brent I Trust :D
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