Rohde: Vanilla will melt come Texas

By John Rohde Modified: December 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm •  Published: October 5, 2008
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WACO, Texas — Must be nice to be Oklahoma.

Must be nice to have used perhaps one-third of your playbook and preached nothing but the basics defensively, yet you're still ranked No. 1 with an average victory margin just shy of 36 points going into your Red River Rivalry game against Texas.


Come Saturday in Dallas, the Sooners are expected to go all Baskin-Robbins on the Longhorns, and hold the vanilla.

As a tune up on Saturday, OU treated Baylor like it was, well, Baylor.

The unbeaten Sooners have pretty much treated every opponent this season as if it was Baylor.

OU disposed of the Bears 49-17 before an announced crowd of 37,145 at Floyd Casey Stadium that was at least half-crimson.

As they have done all season, the Sooners jumped out to a big lead early, battled occasional flashes of attention deficit disorder, but at no point was the game ever in doubt.

OU led 28-0 in the first quarter and led by at least three touchdowns the rest of the way.

The Sooners have thoroughly whooped all five opponents en route to this week's showdown at the Cotton Bowl.

And in that five-game hand of poker, they have yet to show their cards, presumably saving all the good stuff for the Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl.

OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson has used five game plans to beat five opponents, and none of those plans coincides with the plan to beat Texas.

“We weren't trying to hold (anything back) as much as this was just how we were attacking this particular game,” Wilson said of rolling up 594 yards on Baylor.

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