Oklahoma football: Sooners need to shake out the stink of losses to Baylor, Texas

JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — What better way to get well than a Saturday showdown with Big 12 cellar-dweller Iowa State?
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 15, 2013

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.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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