After the devastating loss of Sam Bradford to injury and the subsequent loss to Bringham Young, students at the University of Oklahoma are being cautiously optimistic about the team this year.
Two back-to-back shutouts–but against Idaho State and Tulsa. A record six-touchdown performance–but two interceptions. Every time when asked how they currently felt about the state of OU football, students were upbeat in a gingerly sort of manner.
There are some hot topics on campus:
Landry Jones v. Sam Bradford—Who Should Start?
Now, you're thinking "really?" There's really a debate going on about this? Well, yes, and it was sparked by the school newspaper, The OU Daily.
There are those who actually think that Sam Bradford's reign at the University of Oklahoma should be done. They are under the perception that OU is already out of the BCS discussion and leaving Bradford on the sidelines would help break Landry Jones in against real competition. They are thinking about the future. There's been an excess of "Fear the Stache" t-shirts on campus.
And then there are those who think the exact opposite. They think the loss against BYU at the beginning of the season will only incentivize Bradford to play his best when he returns. OU is still a top-ten team in terms of ranking and teams ahead of them, like USC and Ole Miss, keep tumbling. They think because Bradford is the team's leader, his return can spark the team to the BCS.
Bye Week—Best Time Possible
It's a student consensus: the bye week couldn't have come at a better time.
(1) The U—OU's next opponent is the surprisingly-hot Miami. The week off gives the Sooners the ability to watch the Canes in action against another top-20 opponent in Virginia Tech.
(2) Rest—regardless of the situation, the bye weeks gives Sam Bradford another week to rest and rehab. He's been passing, but not long yardage. Any rest for the Sooners is good.
There is optimism amongst the OU faithful that the U can be beaten in Miami, even with Landry Jones starting at quarterback. Many have hinted at the improved, although still very imperfect play of the offensive line since their horrendous showing in week one.
The Sooner faithful will also be cheering for Miami to win at Virginia Tech this week. The better the opposition is, the more it helps the OU come bowl-time if they can pull off a victory against them.
There will be more student buzz next week on the OU/Miami game. But for now, all we can say is go UTEP!