Oklahoma’s 2018 football campaign came to a screeching halt on South Beach at the hands of the defending national champions. It’s the second season in a row that the Sooners have seen their championship aspirations dashed by defensive ineptitude. Here’s a few quick thoughts in the immediate aftermath of the game.
The Game Was Lost In The Opening Quarter
I can’t explain it, you can’t either, any other way than Oklahoma was star struck in the opening quarter. Alabama basically delivered four knockout blows in the opening frame but to OU’s credit they repeatedly continued to get up off the canvas.
The Sooners outplayed the Tide, to a 10-point advantage, the rest of the way but that opening quarter might just be the mostly costly quarter in Oklahoma Football History.
The Game Came Down To Turnovers
There were none and that was the problem. We said that the Sooners would need at least two in order to pull off the upset.
A New Defensive Philosophy Must Start Now
It’s time! Lincoln Riley has used the College Football Playoff as his reason for not moving on a new defensive coordinator. An announcement needs to be made soon and whoever is named has some extremely difficult decisions to make. To change the attitude and philosophy of the defensive unit the tree is going to need to be trimmed a little bit so to speak.
Kyler Murray Made His Point
No, he didn’t win the head-to-head against Tua but the Alabama quarterback did exactly what was expected against Oklahoma’s struggling defense. Kyler’s 308 passing, 109 rushing, 3 touchdown performance against the vaunted S.E.C. defense wasn’t supposed to happen. He was the highlight of the Orange Bowl for Oklahoma.
Charleston Rambo Has A Very Bright Future
CeeDee Lamb turned some NFL exec. heads his way with his 8-catch/109-yard performance. Next to him Charleston Rambo stood out in a big way. The redshirt freshman averaged 24.7 yards per reception and scored on a 49-yard bomb from Murray. His, along with the rest of the receiving corps, future looks very bright for next season regardless of what Marquise Brown decides to do.
Let The Recruitment Of Justin Fields Begin
The potential Georgia transfer seems to be flirting heavily with Ohio State but if you’re Lincoln Riley you at least have to make a pitch to him. With all due respect to Austin Kendall, and the incoming Spencer Rattler, Fields is a guy that you have to make a run after.
That First Quarter Though
Oklahoma stood toe-to-toe with Alabama for three quarters. They match their physicality. They gave as many shots as they took and cause Nick Saban to spike his headset. Unfortunately they were never in the game though because of the 28-point first quarter meltdown. That’s going to leave a bad taste for a long time to come.