This is the week every Texas and Oklahoma fan have been waiting for. Time for a renewal of the real Passion Play. Texas vs. Oklahoma. Wish it were gametime now. Bradford vs. McCoy. Let's get it on.
The keys for this game have nothing to do with the afore mentioned players even though their presence will fire up both defenses.
Special teams play from both teams is the leading factor for victory. The punt return from last years game was the deciding factor in a 45-35 Longhorns victory. But, if Texas' defense cannot gwet Bradford and company off the field, then it will be a long afternoon in the House that Emmit built. That's right, Emmit Smith. Not Jerry Jones the Clintonite from Arkansas. But, that is another story.
Time for the days of yester-year when both teams ran the ball oh so well. I hearken back to the days of Earl Campbell and Billy Sims. That was football. Neither of those programs back then would ever think about throwing the ball 40 times a game. Whatever happenned to the wishbone or the veer T? Oh yeah, Air Force and Navy have it. Wasn't McCoy supposed to be bulked up more and able to run the ball better? Come on everyone remembers VY dancing a jig down the field in memorable game winning drives. That is what is missing this year is McCoy's elusive escape ability, being able to get away from onrushing blitzers and breaking into the open field and tucking and running for key yardage. Vondrell McGee is a good running back but more of a power runner, with no elusiveness. Foswhitt Whitaker is a scatback with no skills catching the ball. Where is the hurt one? There is no matchup for Demarco Murray in the running game. If he catches the ball in the open field it's all over. And if he breaks off one of those draw plays same thing. That part of the Oklahoma team is scary.
But then will Jordan Shipley live up to his billing as the Clutch performer he has been so far? Or will double coverage and kicking punts short or out of bounds limit his impact? Coaches should have the message by now. Limit Shipley and play Texas man to man and that offense is impotent. McCoy will be forced to run the ball.
So come on CBS get your writing skillz out and give us real football folks some Saturday afternoon Rivalry Survival Weekend fans something to harangue the masses.