The Oklahoma Sooners find themselves in a must win situation tonight as they host the Ohio State Buckeyes. Many people feel that Oklahoma is already out of the College Football playoff chase, but I am not one of those people. Oklahoma has a favorable schedule if they can win out which could get them into the playoffs. Let's take a look at tonight's game and what the Sooners must do to get a win against the Buckeyes.
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The one thing the Buckeyes have going for them is a powerful offense. This season they have been on a record pace, so Oklahoma will need to find a way to slow down the Buckeyes. The best way to do that is keeping them off the field and limiting the amount of touches they get. Oklahoma needs to eat up the clock and play a grind it out kind of game. You really don't want to try match score for score against the Buckeyes. If you do that you will play right into the Buckeyes plans.
Oklahoma needs to show things that they have not done in the past. Houston's coach Tom Herman and Urban Meyer are friends, so he did get some information from Houston on how they beat Oklahoma. Changing things tonight is important as you do not want to lose this game. If Oklahoma plays they way they can and limit it's mistakes they have a shot of winning. It is in Oklahoma and I do like them in a close one 34-31.
The NBA free agency period seen a lot of different things but, who came out on top and who really lost on all the player movement. Everyone will say that the the Golden State Warriors were the real winners and that is probably true, but other teams did well. The Knicks added some pieces that should help them in the future as well. The Bulls added Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo which should help make them a better team. Losing Noah and Rose did hurt the team, but it will be interesting to see how it all works out for both teams.
The San Antonio Spurs were somewhat losers as the retirement of Tim Duncan really hurts them alot. People do not realize how important Duncan was to the Spurs and their success. Tim Duncan is a once in a generation type player and is not replaceable. The Spurs did add Pau Gasol that will help them with the retirement of Tim Duncan. The Heat were losers as losing a player like Dwayne Wade is never a good thing.
One of the biggest winners could be the NBA as they will have so many people talking about the new Super Teams which will be a good thing. The added press will draw more fan interest and everyone will be watching. The NBA could not play out a better scenario them what happen during free agency.
Now Kevin Durant has the right to choose any team he wants to play for no matter what anyone thinks. With that said Kevin Durant must also be ready for the other side of the coin as well. He is a Golden State Warrior and has now turned that team into one of the most hated teams since the Big Three in Miami. How will Durant handle all the boos and negative comments that will come his way?
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The one thing most people say about Durant is he does not handle pressure real well. Jumping to Golden State means he will be under the microscope and everything he does will be written about. Most of his career Durant has been a guy who has been loved, but that will no longer be the case. How will OKC fans feel about him when he comes back to play? I hope he doesn't expect a warm reception as he will not get one.
This was Durant's choice and I hope he is ready backlash that will be coming his way. It will be interesting to see how he handles all of this. I think it could be more then he bargained for that's for sure. Only time will tell if this was a good decision on his part.