The two teams leaving the Big XII to head to greener pastures, the ES EE CE, were eliminated from the CWS series on Sunday. The Aggies even took it up a notch and were eliminated from their own host regional. The team to eliminate the Aggies? None other than future Big XII member and old Southwest Conference Rival, TCU. The Horned Frogs won 10-2. Missouri was ousted by Louisville at the Tuscon Regional, losing 11-3.
Baylor and Oklahoma both play Monday to determine if they are moving onto the Super Regionals. Sunday, Oklahoma had an up and down day. They went into extra innings with Army to pull out the 2-1 win. They played their regional host, Virginia Sunday night and won by one run, winning 5-4. They will play Appalachian State Monday, and need to beat them TWICE in order to advance. The first pitch is at 3:00 PM CST and if the Sooners win, they will play again at 7:00 PM.
Baylor also had an eventful Sunday. Baylor took on Oral Roberts, the team that beat the Bears in the opening game of the Waco Regional. The Bears pulled out the 5-2 win with the help of Tyler Bremer’s pitching. They took on Dallas Baptist next and continued their run with a 9-2 win. They will play Dallas Baptist on Monday and with a win, will advance to the Supers for the first time since 2005. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM CST.
The Big XII’s fate in the men’s College World Series rests on the Sooners and the Bears. Good Luck to both.
After a huge win in Manhattan, Kansas last Saturday, the Sooners are back in action in Norman against the Texas Aggies this weekend. This will be the last time the Sooners and the Aggies meet up during season play, since the Aggies are leaving the Big XII next year to join the Southeastern Conference.
Even though the Sooners will be missing their No. 1 running back Dom Whaley for the game, they celebrate the return of Ben Habern and Jamell Fleming.
Jamell Fleming returning an interception for a touchdown at this years Red River Shootout
Habern, who broke his forearm during the Mizzou game, has been taking snaps this week. Gabe Ikard, who has been filling in for Habern at center for the last 5 games, will most likely return to left guard. Stoops said that depending on how the week goes, Habern will be back at center or at guard this coming Saturday.
Cornerback Jamell Fleming has been practicing with the team all week after missing several due to a knee injury against Kansas. Fleming underwent arthroscopic surgery two weeks ago and was said to be cleared last week against Kansas State, but told trainers he didn’t feel confident in his knee yet.
Having Fleming back at cornerback will be a major impact for the Sooner secondary, though last week, they showed major improvement from the Texas Tech debacle.
When watching the Aggies this season in a couple of games, the first thing that comes to mind is “The Curious Case of the Aggie Defense”. Everything seems to be happening in reverse order. The offense is making strides forward, then the defense comes out on the field and puts the Aggies back. It has been very apparent this season that the departure of certain players on the Aggie defense really hurt the dynamics this year. Cough cough, Von Miller cough.
The Aggie defense touts the prestigious title of worst pass rush defense in FBS, allowing 318 yards in the air per game. And here comes the Sooner offense who is second in the country for passing, bringing an average of 396 yards per game. This could get interesting.
So the loss of RB Dom Whaley might not be as big as impact this week when thinking about the Sooners offensive attack plan.
On the opposite side of the ball, the Aggies are solid. They have one of the best running games in the Big XII averaging 225 yards per game. Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray are a deadly running combo for the Aggie offense. Aggie QB Ryan Tannehill has 18 touchdowns and 2322 yards so far, and might be one of the most effective QB’s the Sooners have seen so far this season. He is smart and utilizes the entire field very efficiently. He will keep the Sooner secondary on their toes with Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller on the outside. Aggie coach Mike Sherman hopes to have Jeff Fuller back in full force on Saturday, who is suffering a bruised toe.
Sooner defensive back and Thorpe Award semi-finalist, Tony Jefferson on coming back to Norman this weekend:
We still have a long way to go. We’re making big plays, but we’re still a little wish-washy in some areas, so we can still even be better. We definitely owe Owen Field an apology. We’re looking forward to getting back out there and playing football like we know we can.
The Sooners are also looking for a little bit of redemption from last season. They traveled down to College Station to take on the Aggies at Kyle Field, and left losing 33-19. Oklahoma is 12-2 at home vs the Aggies, and own the series, 18-11.
We need to give the Aggies the proper goodbye from the conference and have a remake of 2003. Yes, I know that isn’t going to happen, but it is still fun to reminisce, no? Aggies do you remember 2003? I bet you do. If not, let me refresh your memory. Bob Stoops had to tell Sooner running backs to lay down on the field after 1st and goal hand-offs, to not make the score go over 80-0…..
Want to see video of it? I knew you did.
Running up the score are we? The Texas Aggies beat Baylor 73-10 the week before, so I wouldn’t feel that awful for them. I love how in one of the last plays of the game, A&M defensive back Melvin Bullitt stops a Sooner running back and gets up like he just won the National Championship. The score was 77-0 at the time and the player was ordered to lay down. Nice stop guy.
Again, it’s not 2003, so the likely hood of that happening is very slim. This is a very good offensive unit that the Aggies have this season, and the game will be a lot closer then 77-0.
The game is this Saturday with kickoff set for 2:30 CST. It will be shown on ABC regionally and ESPN 2 if you are out of the regional viewing area. West Coast will have to catch it on ESPN 3.