When it comes to football traditions, Oklahoma has tons of them. Unfortunately winning a game in the College Football Playoff isn’t one of them yet. For that reason, the Sooners are perceived as the team that should be happy just to be in Atlanta.
OU doesn’t have a chance to actually compete for a national title, but its pretty cool that they’re back in the playoff for the third consecutive year and fourth time in five years. At least that’s the story line the media is running with, and apparently the LSU Tigers have picked it up as well.
To Queen’s credit, he did compliment Jalen Hurts. I mean, he kinda has to though because Hurts is still viewed as an S.E.C. guy to most folks around the country. But this does sound eerily similar to Quinnen Williams sounding off on Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray before the Orange Bowl last season. Murray proved to be more than a handful for Alabama’s defense in Miami, but Williams left the field with a 45-34 winner which prompted most to say that he was right.
Now Queen enters the picture in a similar situation in 2020. LSU is a heavy favorite (13.5 points) and the Tiger linebacker feels safe saying such things, even if they aren’t true. I mean seriously, how can you think that a running back averaging 6.7 yards per carry isn’t any good?
Oklahoma’s defense typically serves takes the brunt of the criticism because the offense has paved the way to success to this point of Lincoln Riley’s tenure. Even in a year that saw vast improvement under first-year coordinator Alex Grinch, the Tigers still had some bulletin board board material for the Speed D.
LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase described Oklahoma secondary as both fast and slow…and tight hipped.
“I see a lot of fast guys,” Chase replied when asked about the Sooner secondary. “A couple of them have tight hips, but some of them are slow, too. I think we’ll have good match-ups all around.”
You won’t find folks in the Big 12 describing Oklahoma Football in those terms. The Sooners have dominated the conference to the tune that five conference championships really aren’t that big of a deal.
Here’s what we have to keep in mind though. There’s nothing that LSU has said, or will say, that will make the Sooners want to win this game any more than they already do. The lone college football frontier that Lincoln Riley has yet to conquer is the playoff. Losses to Clemson, Georgia, and Alabama will plat a bigger motivation than Ja’Marr Chase saying an Oklahoma defensive back has tight hips.
“I mean, I really don’t have much to say,” was Kennedy Brooks’ reply when asked about the LSU comments. “Like let’s just go out and play.”
“We’re just going to find out Saturday,” was Tre Brown’s response. “That’s all I’ve got to say. That’s all I’ve got to say. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
The Sooners want the “Lovable Losers” narrative changed even worse than any fan does but they know that the only way to do that is to win on Saturday. That’s the motivation and that’s the reason why we may be seeing the most focused Oklahoma team in a long while.
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