D.A.: Sooners "Should Be Nowhere Near" Playoff

Oklahoma should not be in the College Football Playoff discussion, D.A. says

The DA Show
December 02, 2019 - 2:57 pm

If Oklahoma beats Baylor in the Big 12 Championship on Saturday, the Sooners – a 12-1 conference champion – would seemingly have a good argument to reach the College Football Playoff.

Damon Amendolara, however, disagrees.

“Oklahoma should be nowhere near this,” Amendolara said on The DA Show, “and here’s why: Oklahoma lost to K-State, and don’t get it twisted. They were getting blown out by K-State. It ends up being a one-score game, and they don’t end up getting the onside kick. K-State was blowing them out. It was a three-score game for most of the game, and then there was a flurry of activity late. You don’t get credit for almost getting blown out by K-State when K-State was unranked just because you ended up closing it to a one-score loss.”

Indeed, Oklahoma trailed Kansas State 48-23 in the fourth quarter before losing 48-41. 

Think the Sooners woke up after that? Not quite. They won their next three games – against Iowa State, at Baylor, and against TCU – by a combined eight points.

“Iowa State and TCU nearly beat them,” Amendolara said. “Iowa State nearly beat Oklahoma on the road having come back from a three-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter. You’re telling me a College Football Playoff team gagged a three-touchdown lead away at home against Iowa State?”

Oklahoma also fell behind by 25 points against Baylor. The Sooners trailed 28-3 in the second quarter before coming back to win 34-31. Oklahoma, in fact, held Baylor scoreless in the second half.

Still, the 2019 Sooners have been far from dominant.

“At any given point in time in these four games in conference, Oklahoma either gagged a three-touchdown lead away or needed a three-touchdown comeback,” Amendolara said. “There is no way you could put Oklahoma anywhere near this conversation – anywhere near it. I think the only reason they’re anywhere near it is because they came into the season (with) high expectations and they have the brand. Let’s face it: if Baylor had that resume, people would laugh at you about putting Baylor (at) No. 7. Laugh. Laugh.”