There were lots of thoughts and feelings during the first quarter of the Sooner victory that ranged from “I told you so” to ‘This is good” to “This is not over.”
The reasons for such different thoughts are natural when anything concerns Lane Kiffin and his Owls. He started out very slowly last season before turning his team into an unstoppable force that set school and league records.
There were many reasons to think the FAU was going to step back — lost the QB, lost both coordinators, there was film on his team — but many reasons to think he could pull off something great. Kiffin remains a good coach and Devin Singletary and company are good players. Chris Robison was a Sooner commit, after all. There is talent on the Owl roster and anything can happen in college football.
Lincoln Riley is not Bob Stoops, it seems, and this Sooner squad that is picked to defend its Big 12 title was fully ready to pick up where it left off last season, just with a different but more talented QB. Kyler Murray had a breezy day in Norman as he found Crimson receivers open and not, and lofted easy passes to them with little or no resistance.
Florida Atlantic is still clearly the best team but they looked awful this day, and that had a lot to do with the Sooners, but some to do with the changes. Jason Driskel did not start well in 2017, and it seems Chris Robison is on that same path. The talent is there — you could see the easy way he flicked passes through the air — but the timing was off. Too often he missed wide-open receivers. Given the way Oklahoma was playing, those passes begin complete would have done little in the face of an offensive onslaught.
Still, the right play can boost momentum and boost morale. That did not come and without the pass game Devin Singletary was bottled up, despite breakout out a nice run or two early.
We did learn some things from this game. FAU is not as good or as crisp as they were to end last season, but they have some talent.
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