It’s been coming. I’ve been wanting to write about this team for a few weeks now.
Can we finally talk about Oklahoma?
Candidly, this is the most fraudulent, garbage undefeated college football team I’ve seen in a very long while. And now they have a MAJOR crisis on their hands, and it involves one of the biggest names in all of college football.
Before the current college football season started, Spencer Rattler was 3-1 to win the Heisman. Basically, it was his to lose. Last Saturday, stunningly, he was benched in favor of true freshman Caleb Williams, who led a historic comeback against the single-ply Walmart tissue paper defense of Texas, which OU somehow, someway allowed to take a 28-7 lead in the first quarter.
Yikes. Let me remind you, this is the 2nd year in a row Rattler was benched in the Red River Shootout. Double Yikes.
But even before this game, OU was on my fraud radar. First of all, the fact they play in a trash conference doesn’t help. The Big 12 is terrible. They don’t play defense, and now? The top two teams are bolting for the SEC where they can spend the next couple decades in obscurity, fighting for sixth place every year. Actually, now that Texas and Oklahoma are leaving? I kind of like the Big 12 a lot more. At least it won’t be the Big 2 and the rest of the gang.
Second, they have played down to their competition all season, and now that they’ve got a quarterback controversy on their hands. The season seems ready to go off the rails completely.
How do I know they’re in trouble? Riley cancelled his media sessions after the OU student newspaper reported that Williams took nearly all the first team snaps in practice. Long live student newspapers.
Add to this that Riley denied Holly Rowe the opportunity to interview Williams after his historic win, and now we’ve got FULL FLEDGED chaos on our hands. Holly tweeted out this and later deleted it: "Dear viewers, please know I am always working for you. I asked to interview [Caleb Williams] postgame and Lincoln Riley said no. That kid deserved this stage and this opportunity. I actually apologized to Caleb who expected to be interviewed."
Oh man. Rattler had such a bad weekend that, apparently, Lincoln Riley “gave him the day off” on Monday. Which led, of course, to probing questions from the media that pushed him to say he “did not anticipate a situation” where one of his two quarterbacks “left the team.” Excuse me?
Seems like a whole lot of question marks surrounding the Sooners. It’s kind of like your friend who unexpectedly asks to stay on your couch for a weekend, and when you ask about why, they randomly say, “I don't anticipate a divorce.” That sums up pretty much the subtext of their marital issues, and the Sooners' issues in a nutshell.
Rattler was 8-for-15 passing for 111 yards and one interception before getting benched after fumbling last Saturday; OU was down at that point, 28-17, and Texas scored three plays later. This guy was the leader in the clubhouse for the Heisman trophy before the season started and now he's +8000 at BetMGM and might have just "left the team"? Do I need to mention the guy who Riley benched Rattler for last year, has since transferred to SMU? I think I do.
Are you starting to read the tea leaves of dysfunction? Oklahoma is currently 13.5-point favorites against TCU this weekend. Folks, if there is a lock in college football, this is it. Fade Oklahoma. Fade them fast, fade them slow. Fade them deep, fade them shallow, fade them everyday and twice on Sundays.
Because if it isn’t TCU, it’ll be Iowa State or Baylor or Oklahoma State (or maybe all of them) that exposes this team for what it is: a fraud.