It sure as shoot was a whole lot of fun. Oklahoma beat Texas 45-40 – what does it all mean?
Oklahoma 45, Texas 40: What Does It All Mean?
So does Charlie Strong get to keep his gig or not?
At 2-3 with three straight losses, an 0-2 start in the Big 12, and a defense that can’t stop anyone from throwing deep, the buzzards are circling. But here’s the thing …
Texas still isn’t all that bad.
Of course, it’s not about Texas being all that bad, it’s about winning the Big 12 title and being in the mix for the College Football Playoff. And yeah, the program – even at 2-3 – is a lot closer now than it was a few years ago. It might just not work until next year, and it might be happening with Tom Herman on the sidelines.
The running game worked fine, Shane Buechele was solid, and the defense – for all its faults – finally figured out how to come up with a takeaway with two picks of Baker Mayfield. It was a good game against a solid OU team that can play a little, too.
For all the Charlie Strong talk, Oklahoma needed this game almost as much. It would’ve been 2-3 with a loss, and it would’ve been in big trouble in the Big 12 if it couldn’t pull this off. But Baker Mayfield threw for 390 yards and three touchdowns, Samaje Perine ran for 214 yards and two scores, and Dede Westbrook caught ten passes for 232 yards and three scores.
Yeah, Oklahoma’s offense really is good, it’s going to keep doing this, and it came into this game looking for a big performance after last year’s loss.
But the Texas defense – at least coming into the season – was supposed to be good enough to slow the whole thing down. It’s not, and now the Charlie Strong Hot Seat Watch goes to Category 4.