"Beat the hell out of Texas."
OU students know what I'm talking about. Each day, we pass that slogan that has been somehow permanently painted to the ground just outside the Bizzell Clock.
It won't ever go away. It rains a lot, and that doesn't wash it up. There was an ice storm earlier this year, and that didn't get rid of it.
It's just like how nothing will ever get rid of our passion for wanting to beat the hell out of Texas. That's the one thing on the all Sooners' minds—the football players and the Sooner faithful alike.
What They're Saying on Campus
Let me be honest, I've only been to campus once this week, due to an unfortunate illness. But it's Oklahoma—the only thing talked about is football.
He's Back: Sam Bradford Can Lead the Sooners to Victory
After missing a little more than three games, Heisman winner Sam Bradford returned against Baylor. His arm showed no signs of slowing down, as he threw 49 attempts. I'm not going to get into the nitty-gritty of stats, but there's one point that students are making, and I think it's valid:
Sam Bradford looked better against Baylor than Colt McCoy did against Colorado. Both Baylor and Colorado are weaker opposition, but Baylor is a much better team than Colorado.
McCoy threw an interception for the fifth straight game and continued his string of slow starts. We're thinking that a slow start against OU from McCoy can spell good things for the Sooners.
BCS...Big 12...and What's at Stake?
There are two groups of students on campus: the one that is still focusing on the BCS, which will only be attainable by beating Texas and winning the Big 12, and the one that's just focused on beating the hell out of Texas.
It's hard to tell, but my first perception was that the latter group was bigger than the former. Texas beat us last year, and we don't want to lose again. We're sick and tired of hearing UT complaining about not going to the national championship last year.
There would be no greater satisfaction to the Sooner faithful than to prevent the Longhorns from going to the national championship. I know the trash talking with my friends at UT keeps flaring up (and yes, it's hard to admit having friends at UT).
Is Campus Dead?
It's pretty much like holiday time around here. There are less than 10 people in classes where there are supposed to be over 80. Professors are canceling their office hours just this one time.
And the decorations...oh, the decorations. Walking to and from campus during Christmas is nice because of all the Christmas lights and fantastic displays. The same could be said now. There are so many anti-UT decorations (flags, posters, even a Bevo effigy) that people display.
Now, I would have loved to have gone to the Cotton Bowl this year, but I didn't have the opportunity. But I will be watching—and like hundreds of other students, I will be sporting my "Beat Texas" shirt. Go Sooners!