Texas Longhorns @ Oklahoma Sooners Keys to the Game

The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners are going to meet up in one of the best NCAA football betting affairs of the weekend. Here at Bang the Book, we have the keys to the game so you can make your college football picks on the game!

Key #1: The Longhorns Must Remember That They are Still in the National Championship Picture: Last week was last week. The loss to the UCLA Bruins was one that was catastrophic and pushed the Longhorns well back in the Top 25. However, a win over a Top 10 opponent would push them right back into the thick of things, and if history has taught us nothing else, losing early in the year, even to bad teams, is a lot better than losing to the best of teams late on. There is plenty of time to recover. Texas can’t let the Bruins beat it twice. Once in the actual defeat, and once as a hangover to the previous week. Every bad play, every bad penalty, every bad everything just has to be thrown out the window. The season starts anew on Saturday, and if nothing else, the Big XII title could be up in the air on Saturday. BCS Championship or not, this one still means the world and that cannot be forgotten.

Key #2: Garrett Gilbert Has to Play Better Ball: Last year when the world was introduced to QB Garrett Gilbert, we saw him throw four picks against one of the scariest defenses in the history of college football. That was acceptable then, as he was a true freshman playing in his first real game on the biggest stage of his life. However, at this point, through four games in his first year knowing that he is the man that this program revolves around, Gilbert should be putting up better numbers. A TD/INT ratio of 4/4 just isn’t going to cut it, and a man of his stature should have more than 885 passing yards in four games against opponents that are probably only considered average as a whole. The defensive challenge is about to get ferociously difficult on Saturday, and Gilbert needs to step up to the table and change his ways, or Texas doesn’t stand a chance.

Key #3: Oklahoma Has to Pray That It Is Playing Up to the Level of Its Competition: The one time that the Sooners were challenged this year in terms of a top team, they crushed the Florida State Seminoles 47-17. Aside from that though, the Utah State Aggies, Air Force Falcons, and Cincinnati Bearcats have appeared on the schedule, and all three really pushed OU to the brink. It really seems as though this is a case where a team plays up to the level of its foe. If that’s the case, the Sooners are only going to be in good shape if they believe that the Longhorns are as good as a Top 10 team, not the team barely ranked in the Top 20 that they are. However, if you’re Oklahoma, and you can’t get yourself up for Texas, you have some real issues. The Sooners are the better team in this game, and they have to play like it for once instead of playing down to the level of their competitors.

I’ll reign for years, insists the Queen; From New Zealand, a message to Charles on abdication speculation.

Daily Mail (London) February 26, 2002 | Shears, Richard Byline: RICHARD SHEARS THE Queen yesterday firmly squashed speculation that she might abdicate after her Golden Jubilee – or at any time in the near future.

In one simple sentence, she left no doubt that Prince Charles will be a King in waiting for several years. go to website new zealand map

At a state banquet during her tour of New Zealand, the 75-year- old Queen thanked the people of the country for the loyalty and support they had always given her.

And she declared: ‘I look forward to continuing to serve to the best of my ability in the years to come.’ The Queen also hinted that she recognised the increasing strength of the republican movement in New Zealand.

She said: ‘I have admired your increasing energy and confidence. I know that this process of evolution will continue as you, the people of New Zealand, map out your path for the future in your own time and in your own way.’ A few hours earlier, there had been a warm and traditional Maori welcome for the Queen when she met the Ngai Tahu tribe in Christchurch.

She spoke a few words of the tribal language in a ceremony dominated by two native birds. One was the kiwi, whose feathers covered the ceremonial cloak she wore.

It was one of two presented to the Queen in 1953, during her first visit to New Zealand as monarch. She has worn it on several successive visits, and the Maori regarded it as particularly auspicious that it was once again on show.

The second bird was the rare White Heron, the tribe’s title for the Queen because she’s a ‘beautiful bird, rarely seen’. They presented her with a brooch adorned with the highly-prized feathers of the bird.

Despite the Maoris’ enduring loyalty, the royal visit has intensified public debate about New Zealand’s future.

Recent opinion polls showed that 58 per cent of the people felt the monarchy had little relevance in their lives and Premier Helen Clark said at the weekend it was ‘absurd’ that New Zealand had a head of state who lived 12,000 miles away.

Miss Clark’s republican rhetoric was absent from her remarks at the state banquet, although there was an awkward moment when she sat down while the National Anthem was still playing.

The Premier, who was wearing a sequinned jacket and dark trousers, realised her mistake, however, and quickly stood up again. go to website new zealand map

The Queen clearly noticed the blunder, but did not react.

The Queen’s speech also referred to the BAFTA triumph only hours earlier of The Lord of the Rings, directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson and filmed in the country.

She cited filmmaking as one of the areas in which New Zealand had made major contributions, alongside art, science, innovation, sport and mountaineering – a reference to Sir Edmund Hilary’s conquest of Everest just four days before her 1953 coronation.

Australian Premier John Howard voiced renewed support yesterday for controversial-Governor General Peter Hollingworth, who will welcome the Queen when she arrives in Adelaide tomorrow.

There have been repeated calls for Dr Hollingworth to resign over claims that he covered up sexual abuse of children by church figures while he was Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.

Shears, Richard

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