This is a search for the naming rights to this Saturday’s Oklahoma/Nebraska clash.
Oklahoma currently leads this series 44-38-3. In the last meeting, Nebraska came out on top 10-3 in what turned out to be a defensive struggle. OU has won three of the last four and will be trying to hold up the Big 12 trophy for the seventh time, while Nebraska will look to leave the Big 12 on a winning note with their third conference title.
With all the history and the “Game of the Century” already taken, let’s see what other names we could give this hopefully epic match up.
The Great Offensive Explosion of 2010
I know, it’s a bit long winded, but it could be one of the most truthful names out there. In the last three games alone, OU has scored 45, 53, and 47 points. Along the way, the Sooners have marched up and down the field for 562, 462 and 588 yards respectively.
Scoring hasn’t been an issue for OU this year, as is evident by the fact they are averaging 35 points a game. Demarco Murray holds the OU record for TDs and Landry Jones (a redshirt sophomore) is currently fourth on the OU passing list. Oh yeah, there is a guy named Ryan Broyles who is pretty good too.
Nebraska has numerous play makers all over the field. Taylor "T-Magic" Martinez is currently nursing an injured ankle and toe, but his backups have been more than capable of standing in his stead. Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu combine for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground this season. Still, if Martinez is out there, the game dynamics change drastically.
The Heads Crackin’, Ankles Snappin' Extravaganza
Injuries were the Sooner’s Achilles heel last year. This year seems to be the diet version, with only a handful of OU players having to sit out for extended periods of time.
Demarco Murray was banged up in the fourth quarter of the Bedlam match up, but hopes to see the field this Saturday. Austin Box was in and out of the OSU game every few plays, but it seemed he found his way onto the field just when the Sooners needed him.
The Cornhuskers injury list is a tad longer with Martinez down with feet/ankle problems. Their leading receiver, Niles Paul, is out for the remainder of the season in all likelihood. On top of that, the water boy is now starting at free safety.
Okay, I made the last part up, but watch out because when the “Heads Crackin’, Ankles Snappin Extravaganza” happens, you never know who will be needed.
The Swan Song
OU/Nebraska have been epic battles. College football purists and random fans off the street have all heard of and probably seen both of these teams clash at some point in their lives.
It’s only fitting that they play in the final Big 12 championship game. Here’s one Sooner fan wishing for the game of this new century. In the end, there can only be one winner in Arlington next week.
Best of luck Nebraska… from Dec. 5 on.