Bring on the Golden Hurricane!

I’m a little late in talking about this week’s game, but I think I’m finally dry from last week’s.

It wasn’t the flash flood that we saw last year, nor the heavy pour I remember from the 1986 King Orange Jamboree Parade, nor was it cold like during the UTEP game. It was just gentle, steady, soaking rain that continued until midway through the 4th quarter—stopping, of course, right after The Pride had finally finished the (paper) boxed dinner in the stands.

But all that’s water under the tunnels (ugh) when you can leave with a 64-0 victory! The Sooners needed a bit of a tune-up after losing Sam Bradford for a few weeks (and Jermaine Gresham for the season), and they took advantage of the opportunity with an old-fashioned Owen Field home rout.

The Golden Hurricane of Tulsa blows into Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, and don’t let their unranked status fool you. Tulsa got one vote in this week’s USA Today poll (and would have tied for 44th place). When combining the computer rankings that are out so far with the polls that are out, Jerry Palm’s indispensable CollegeBCS site says Tulsa would rank 60th, tied with South Carolina. That’s exactly halfway through the list of 120 Division I-A Football Bowl Series teams—and the Gamecocks barely lost to higher-ranking Georgia.

Georgia, of course, lost to OSU, which itself got dismantled at home last weekend by Houston (whose band is directed by fellow alum David Bertman!), and Houston and Tulsa are both Conference USA teams. C-USA has regularly produced surprisingly good teams, and let us not forget that Tulsa itself has been to four consecutive bowl games, winning three of them. Our Sooners are favored, but after the first game of the season, I don’t think any of us are taking anything for granted.

There’s emotion on both sides: Mike Bryan, the son of former Sooner great Rick Bryan who died this summer, is a linebacker for the Golden Hurricane.

The Pride of Oklahoma will perform a new show this week with hits from within the past 12 months, a nice balance from the Heisman Trophy medley that stretched back to the 50s. The Sooner Fan Fest, which has moved from north of the stadium to the Jacobs Track Complex (just north of the indoor Everest Training Center), has been cancelled for this week due to the poor grounds condition and the possibility of more rain. But cross your fingers!

The game begins at 2:30 PM with coverage on regional Fox Sports Networks such as FSN Southwest; check your local listings if FSN Southwest is not your regional FSN channel. The gameday schedule is on our Events calendar and we hope to see you there. BOOMER SOONER!