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Berry Tramel: Bad crowd, bad weather, bad idea playing Iowa State on Thanksgiving weekend

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — A November victory for OU, that can't be discounted, left a lot to be desired on Thanksgiving weekend. The Sooners need to find a rival to play on the last weekend in November.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 26, 2011

“We got a win,” said quarterback Landry Jones, sitting in the Big Red Room, glad to be out of that howling wind. “That's all we're looking for each week. If you win, you win.”

True enough, but this dud game didn't even give the Sooners any kind of decent prep work for OSU. The Cyclones are as from the Cowboys as two teams could be.

Paul Rhoads has turned Iowa State into a gutty over-achiever, and the Cyclones hung tough most of the game, but never did this smell like another Tech-or-Baylor shocker.

Brent Venables' defense pitched a virtual shutout Saturday, but what does that mean against a team that can't pitch and catch like Brandon Weeden and the ‘Boys?

“Every week has its challenges,” said Venables. “This will be our most difficult challenge of the year. A great, great challenge, without a doubt. We haven't played like we're capable of playing defending the pass.”

Iowa State's gutty Jared Barnett entered unbeaten as a quarterback, but he was no threat against the Sooners.

About the only Bedlam preparation this game provided was the potential bad weather. Long-range forecast for next Saturday in Stillwater: high of 53, overnight low 32, light winds. So not even that.

Oh well.

“I never make too much out of any one game,” Stoops said. “Still gets down to what you do during the week.

“We'll go in confidently. We're a bunch that's been over there plenty of times. We understand the challenge of it, we respect the challenge of it. We're excited about the challenge of it. We know it's a one-game season for the Big 12 championship. That's where you want to be.”

Unlike Thanksgiving weekend against Iowa State. Compared to that, whatever happens Saturday night in Stillwater sounds like fun.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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