The Sooners are leaving for the Southeastern Conference and the Big XII Conference (as we know it) is disappearing like Marty McFly in that crinkled 4×6 picture he carried in front pocket (Back To The Future RULES).   Each week of the conference season, YAY DUDE is going to look at some of the best and most exciting Big XII games for OU and OSU.  Plus, we’ll try to take a peek into the future, too.

OKLAHOMA STATE

This week’s opponent: Texas Tech

THE PAST

October 9, 1999

The Cowboys were on a four game losing streak to the Red Raiders.  The streak included a 31-3 loss in Cowboy Stadium in Irving, Texas which I was in attendance for.  Ugh. Byron Hanspard.  Moving forward to 1999.  The Red Raiders rolled into 2-2 which matched the Cowboys record that day. Tech was 1-0 in conference while the Pokes came in with a 0-1 conference record off a loss to Nebraska.   The Cowboys exploded for 452 yards of offense that day en route to a 41-21 victory.  QB B.J. Tiger (Blast from the Past!) ran for 61 and went 15-25 for 203 yards and a 51 yard touchdown pass to RB Jamaal Fobbs.

Photo: The Oklahoman

THE FUTURE

The Pokes are coming off their most dominating performance of the season against TCU.  Texas Tech rolls into town after a huge victory against Iowa State with a 62 yard walk off game-winning field goal.  Tech is 6-4 and seems rejuvenated after the hiring of a new Head Coach, Joey McGuire.  As a lifelong OSU fan, I continue to ask – can they keep this up?  Can they?  Absolutely. Will they?  I can’t wait to see.

Photo:  The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA

This week’s opponent: Iowa State

THE PAST

October 31, 1998

Who doesn’t love a Halloween game?  I’m sure the Cyclones rolled into Norman with some scares planned for the Sooners. However, as we know, 1998 was a year in the John Blake-era.  An era filled with plenty of scary Sooner football.  While the Sooners  did finish 5-6 on the ’98 season, this Halloween was a treat.  You see, this Halloween the Sooners were led by 20 year old redshirt freshman QB, Jake Sills (Blast from the Past!).  He had a 44 yard touchdown pass.  The shifty De’Mond Parker finished the day with 25 carries for 105 yards.  Sills went on to start the last 5 games of the 1998 season.  He closed out the season with 3-2 record, but it wasn’t enough to save Blake’s job.   He later left Norman.  Sills moved back with his young family to play for his hometown Garden City Community College and rethink his football path.  Here’s to hoping that Josh and family are doing well!

   

Photo:  Tulsa World

THE FUTURE

It was there all along. Bubbling under the surface. Baylor finally did what several others were so close to doing.  Giving the Sooners their first loss of the season.  Now the reassessment comes.  What is still possible for this team?  A National Championship?  Not likely. It would take soooo much.  So many teams would have to lose and lose horribly. The Sooners would have to win out and do it convincingly.   Let’s not hold our breath.  What’s realistic?  Another Big 12 Championship is still very possible, but here’s the catch. OSU and Baylor control their destiny, in that – if OSU and Baylor win out, OU will NOT be in the Big XII Championship since 2009.   As we know – Bedlam is always tough for OSU.  The rest of this season is can’t miss TV!

Photo:  Tulsa World

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