NORMAN If we've learned one thing about the Oklahoma football team the past season and a half, it's that you never know which brand of Sooners will show up on any given Saturday.
Sometimes you get the Sooners that spent eight weeks of the 2011 season ranked No. 1 in the nation. Those Sooners thrashed Texas 55-17, whipped Kansas State 58-17 in Manhattan, and had little trouble in their 2012 Big 12 road opener last week, a 41-20 win at Texas Tech. They play solid defense, create lots of turnovers, move the ball via air and ground with great tempo, and take care of the football.
Sometimes you get the Sooners who turned that No. 1 ranking into a No. 19 ranking and a trip to the Insight Bowl. Last season, they lost at home to a terrible Tech team and got outclassed in a Bedlam contest that also served as a de facto Big 12 championship game. They gave away this season's Big 12 opener to Kansas State. Those Sooners can't defend anybody, especially on third down, and their sloppy turnovers make OU fans want to pull their hair out.
This part-time sportswriter's assignment is to predict the result of Saturday's Red River Rivalry. So, basically, I have to try to guess which Sooners are going to show up in Dallas.
If I could do that, I wouldn't need to take freelance sports writing assignments because I could make a living wagering on or against the Sooners every week.