The Sooners weren’t on the scene today in Dallas, but three of their future opponents (Nebraska, OSU, Texas A&M) were.
The OU contingent of Sam Bradford, Bob Stoops, Gerald McCoy and Jermaine Gresham will be arriving at the Westin hotel Tuesday morning.
But first, here are some quick thoughts from the opening session of Big 12 Media Days.
* Nebraska may have all the history, but Oklahoma State was the main attraction today. Zac Robinson was the biggest star, and seems to have grown very comfortable dealing with being the main event. Dez Bryant was supposed to be here, but was subbed late for tackle Russell Okung, who some believe will be a top-5 pick in next year’s draft. Bryant apparently was finishing up some summer classwork in Stillwater. This is a make-or-break year for OSU, because they lose a lot of talent after this season (Robinson, Okung, Dez) and the schedule may never work out as perfectly as does for them (8 home games) this year.
* After today, I can’t decide if A&M is going to be better than people think, or worse. On the one hand, they have QB Jerrod Johnson, a nice pair of sophomore receivers in Jeff Fuller and Ryan Tannehill, and a big-time freshman running back in Christine Michael. It’s really a decent, young nucleus. On the other hand, who is A&M going to beat? Probably Iowa State at home. Maybe Baylor at home? Possibly K-State on the road? Even if they win all three of those games, they still probably finish at best 5th in the South, and possibly last depending on what Baylor does. This is a big year for A&M. They don’t need to shock the world. But if the team finishes 4-8, 2-6 Big 12 again, the future doesn’t look so bright.
* As bad as A&M may be, Iowa State clearly is the worst team in the league. They also have the league’s no-name coach in Paul Rhoads, who replaces Gene Chizik. Not a lot going for the Cyclones, even in the mediocre North Division. For Sooner fans, keep an eye out for David Sims, who is expected to start in ISU’s defensive backfield. Sims, remember, committed to OU out of junior college last year, but for academic reasons never made it to campus, eventually lost his offer, then found a new home in Ames.