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Oklahoma has found their offense with Blake Bell

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Far be it from me to tell a coach with a BCS Championship ring he was wrong, but maybe Bob Stoops was wrong to go with Trevor Knight as his season opening quarterback instead of Blake Bell. After Bell led the Sooners to a 35-21 victory at Notre Dame, it appears as though Oklahoma’s offense has found an identity that involves having Bell under center.

Take a look at the numbers. After Saturday’s victory in South Bend, Bell has completed over 70 percent of his pass attempts and in the past two games since being named the starter Bell has thrown for over 600 yards and six touchdowns. Bell was 22-for-30 for 232 passing yards and two touchdowns against Notre Dame, and he rushed for 59 yards. Meanwhile the Sooners have put up 86 points in the last two games and the offense seems to be finding a rhythm just in time for the thick of Big 12 play.

Things are starting to line up for Oklahoma as September draws to a close. The Sooners are 4-0 heading in to October once again and they already have one win in Big 12 play, against West Virginia. West Virginia, of course, already knocked off one of Oklahoma’s rivals, Oklahoma State, in Big 12 play. The Sooners are home next week to host TCU. If Oklahoma can win that game they should roll in to the Red River Shootout Rivalry primed to deliver a devastating blow to Mack Brown and Texas, which is almost expected at this point.

Oklahoma has a tough November schedule with road games at Baylor and Oklahoma State, so piling up wins now is huge. Now that Oklahoma has found their offense, they can start to think about taking over the role of Big 12 favorite along the way.

Notre Dame now has two losses, which ¬†eliminates them from just about any shot at a return trip to the BCS Championship Game, and puts a real dent in to any potential BCS Bowl game plans. Remember, the Irish must still play Arizona State (next week in Cowboys Stadium), USC, and a regular season finale at Stanford. The Cardinal could potentially be playing for a spot in the BCS Championship Game, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Three losses would probably guarantee Notre Dame gets shut out of a BCS bowl, as the Irish will be likely to drop out of the polls with this loss.

Notre Dame had won 10 straight home games until losing to Oklahoma. The last team to beat the Irish in Notre Dame Stadium was USC, on October 22, 2011. The Irish still hold a decided edge in the all-time series against the Sooners, with a head-to-head record of 9-2 dating back to 1952. Oklahoma’s last win at Notre Dame came on October 27, 1956 with a 40-0 victory.

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7 Responses to “Oklahoma has found their offense with Blake Bell”
  1. earpaniac says: Sep 28, 2013 7:22 PM

    Oh, Tommy.

  2. mannydomer61 says: Sep 28, 2013 8:25 PM

    Offense is pathetic, Rees is pathetic, the playing surface is pathetic and second half play calling sucked. All I all Irish are minor league in the big college football picture

  3. Anoesis says: Sep 28, 2013 9:25 PM

    I was pretty sure ND was ranked way too high at the start of the season (hey, I’m a USC fan, I know a little bit about being over-ranked). It would now appear that they won’t be ranked at all. The only thing better than seeing ND dominated is watching that homer troll Lou Holtz deflate like a cheap birthday balloon.

  4. irishdodger says: Sep 28, 2013 9:34 PM

    Tommy Rees was OU’s MVP. Three picks (one pick six, the other two deep in ND territory) & all three converted for TDs. How bad is Andrew Hendrix that he can’t unseat Rees? Congrats to OU on the win…Stoops is a class act. That being said, OU needs to improve their D if they want to win a BCS bowl. Honestly, they don’t look like a better team than last year’s squad. Meanwhile, ND will be lucky to win six games.

  5. thegloriousone says: Sep 28, 2013 10:32 PM

    Seriously, though, did anyone think Notre Dame had any chance in this game?

    If you did, then you should spend more time watching football.

  6. irishdodger says: Sep 28, 2013 11:31 PM

    They had as much a chance as people like you gave them before last year’s shocking win in Norman. I wasn’t surprised by this loss b/c I watched the first four games. I also did not come away that impressed with OU. They’ve got a long way to go before they’re BCS bowl ready.

  7. irishdodger says: Sep 28, 2013 11:35 PM

    @thegloriousone:

    Yes, they had about as much a chance as people like you gave them last year when they shocked OU in Norman. I’m guessing you predicted an OU blowout then as well. Any team that gives up 21 pts via turnovers deserves to lose. Any team whose QB’s stat line is 9-24 w/ 3 picks deserves to lose. Kudos to OU but the Sooners have a long way to go before they’re BCS bowl ready.

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