NORMAN â€” Travis Lewis has had it with Oklahoma falling apart when it's away from home.
What? You thought we were going to talk about OU's game against Texas Tech?
Oh, all right. The Sooners beat the Red Raiders 45-7.
The offense was efficient. The defense was dominant. Even the special teams play was better than normal. Then again, this was a home game. This is what the Sooners do on Owen Field sod.
Away from Norman?
They are a totally different team. They start shaky. They end worse. So, even though Saturday was glorious conclusion to a fifth consecutive undefeated home slate, everyone from coaches and players to fans and media had an eye on the future.
OU at Baylor.
OU at Oklahoma State.
Saturday at home, the Sooners were true to form. Will they be these next two weeks on the road?
â€œWe need to start fast and finish strong,â€ Lewis said. â€œIt sounds easy.â€
The Sooners sure haven't made it look that way.
â€œExtremely frustrating,â€ Lewis said. â€œI pull out my hair at night.â€
Now we know why he has that mohawk.
Joking aside, the Sooners' road woes are no laughing matter.
Most teams play better at home than they do on the road. But this much better? The difference between the Sooners at home and the Sooners on the road is as dramatic as any team in the country.
OU's average margin of victory at home this season?
Keep that number in mind as you consider the Sooners' losses in true road games. OU lost at Missouri, which lost last week to Texas Tech â€” and we all saw what the Sooners did to the Red Raiders â€” and lost at Texas A&M, which got all it wanted from Baylor on Saturday night.
How does that happen?
There's no easy answer to that question. This isn't a matter of fixing one thing to solve the problem. Listen to the Sooners talking about their road woes, and that becomes obvious.
â€œWe've just got to start fast,â€ scatback Roy Finch said.
â€œYou just have to have that edge,â€ tailback DeMarco Murray said.
â€œPeople say we can't play on the road,â€ defensive end Jeremy Beal said. â€œWe know we can. We just have to go out and play well.â€
Ah, there's the rub. The Sooners haven't actually been able to go out and do that.
I know everyone wants to talk about that Bedlam game, but if the Sooners are going to have any hope of winning in Stillwater, they'd better win next week in Waco. Win a true road game. Build some positive momentum.
Should OU win at Baylor?
Even though Robert Griffin is a superb talent, the Bear quarterback isn't the second coming of Michael Vick or anything. Oklahoma State's defense held him to 267 yards passing and 15 yards rushing a week ago.
Griffin pairs nicely, though, with a fairly talented group of running backs and a largely unheralded bunch of wide receivers. The Bears are bowl eligible because of their offensive skill players.
Still, they aren't infallible.
Neither is the Baylor defense. The Bears are just so-so on that side of the ball. They're not all that quick, not all that fast, not all that big. The Sooners should be able to put up some points against them.
But does that make next week a for-sure, slam-dunk win?
Hey, I said OU should win, not will win.
Absolutely, positively nothing is certain when this team leaves Cleveland County.
â€œI just feel like when we're on the road,â€ Finch said, â€œwe have to play like we do at home.â€
Oh, that it were that easy for the Sooners.
This team has shown no ability to take what it does at home on the road. Saturday's performance â€” offensive balance, defensive prowess, sharp play all the way around â€” should give the Sooners great confidence moving forward.
â€œIt was just an overall complete game,â€ Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. â€œI was just really pleased with how we played.â€
Everyone in crimson and cream should feel the same way, but will that carry over?
The evidence says no.
â€œWe're tired of hearing people we can't play on the road,â€ Lewis said.
He understands it, though. He knows the Sooners have done nothing to silence the critics. He knows they have only added fuel to the fire.
â€œI hate it,â€ he said.
The good news, Lewis and the Sooners have a chance to change it.
The bad news, the only way to do that is winning on the road.