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Berry Tramel: Oklahoma's been overrun by Cougars

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm •  Published: September 14, 2009
It’s a cougar world. And I’m not talking about the 40-year-old women who chase 25-year-old men.

When they’re successful, it’s a shocker, I’ll grant you. But not an upset on the scale of what we’ve seen the first two weeks of the college football season.

America’s two biggest upsets have hit close to home.

Brigham Young over No. 3 Oklahoma. Houston over No. 5 Oklahoma State. Cougars beat the Sooners in Arlington and Cougars beat the Cowboys in Stillwater, and what seemed capable of being a magical season in our state has gone splat.

Ten days ago, Oklahoma sported two top-10 teams and Heisman Trophy candidates galore.

Now everybody is hurting. Both teams’ championship aspirations. Sam Bradford’s shoulder. Kendall Hunter’s foot. Zac Robinson’s performance.

The only Heisman clips have come courtesy of OSU flanker Dez Bryant, and even he hasn’t avoided the hurts. Cramps struck Bryant at a most inopportune time Saturday, just as a pass was headed his way. The ball went off his hands, into Houston hands, and the game did the same.

It’s all very discouraging for a season that looked so promising not so very long ago, when some of us dreamed of a Bedlam showdown for the Big 12 South title.

Still could happen, I suppose, though both teams are going to have to get better if they want to remove Texas from contention.

OU is who-knows-where, particularly as long as Bradford is sidelined. Pay no attention to the 64-0 pasting of outclassed Idaho State. That game proved only that the Sooners still are capable of finding Owen Field.

Meanwhile, OSU completed the backward see-saw.

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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