NORMAN — The stench from the Texas loss lingers like a forgotten bag of fast food in the backseat of your car.
The funk from the Baylor loss wafts around like sweaty workout gear left in your truck during the summer.
The Sooners need to air it out.
And we aren't talking about the passing game.
Oklahoma needs to shake off the stink, and the scheduling gods have obliged by sending Iowa State to town. Sorry, Cyclones, but a team never needed a blowout worse than the Sooners.
A big Sooner win to send out a senior class headlined by Gabe Ikard, Aaron Colvin, Trey Millard and Corey Nelson is all but assured.
The Cyclones, after all, are terrible. Paul Rhodes has always coached up his guys, but this has been a rough year in Ames. Iowa State has the worst defense in the Big 12, giving up 465.2 yards a game, and the second-worse offense, managing only 332.0 yards.
Iowa State has yet to win a conference game.
Sure, the Cyclones should've beaten Texas, but since that controversial loss to the Horns, there have been some ugly losses. A 64-point loss at Baylor. A 31-point loss to Oklahoma State. A 34-point loss at Kansas State.
Iowa State's best chance at a Big 12 victory: next week vs. Kansas.
That's such a toss-up game that it will be on in primetime. (7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1, if you're so inclined.)
The Sooners will roll the Cyclones.
The offense will move the ball with ease. Blake Bell will have a big day. And if he doesn't, Brennan Clay will. Or Damien Williams. Or maybe even Roy Finch.
Why not turn the little guy loose on Senior Day?
The defense will dominate. It will bottle up the quarterback. It will blanket the receivers. It will stuff the running backs.
The Sooners are just that much better than the Cyclones.
(Imagine, though, if the OU doesn't win by a landslide. If it only wins by a score or two, Sooner fans may take to Lindsey Street with torches and tire irons. Bob Stoops might want to pull up the drawbridge on that castle of his.)
But even a dominant day won't fix the Sooners' woes. It will mask them. It will cover them up. It will make them smell like laundry fresh out of the dryer.
This Iowa State game is just a temporary reprieve. Tough outings against Kansas State and Oklahoma State remain. The Wildcats are playing as well as anyone in the Big 12 not wearing green and gold, and the Cowboys might just win the conference.
All the problems that will vanish Saturday will be on display again these next few weeks. Not enough talent on either side of the ball. Inconsistent quarterback play. Sketchy play calling.
So, don't let this game be a blindfold to those problems.
The stench isn't going away.
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