Former USC Football Head Coach Steve Sarkisian totally obliterated Lincoln Riley's old Oklahoma program during this year's edition of the Red River rivalry on Saturday. The University of Texas and their head coach, Sarkisian, blew out the Oklahoma Sooners 49-0. It arguably goes down as the funniest Red River rivalry game in college football history.
Brent Venables, who was supposedly going to come over to OU and lead them to an elite defense in Year 1 that Riley was apparently holding them back from (according to Sooner fans themselves), surrendered 49 points and 585 total yards. They were hysterically bad on defense, but were also just as hysterically bad on offense.
OU generated just 195 total yards of offense and of course no points. So much for Caleb Williams being overrated, right? Now it's clear why he and Riley were harassed by the entire state of Oklahoma when they left for the better program. It was obvious the entire time. OU needed Riley and Williams badly, and their fans were sick to admit that.
The funniest part does remain how bad the Sooners have been on defense since Riley and Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch left for SC. Remember when every loss Oklahoma ever had under those two was apparently their fault and their fault only? Well, OU came into their Week 6 contest giving up 25.2 points per game, which was 66th(!) in the nation.
USC, on the other hand, came into their Week 6 contest giving up 19.6 points per game, which was No. 31 in the country. Those numbers will be even more lopsided after OU's 49-point debacle will be added to their average.
Not to mention SC came into the week leading the country in interceptions (12), leading the country in interceptions returned for touchdowns (3), and tied for the lead in turnovers forced (15). Not to mention, they came in tied for second in defensive touchdowns (3), and were third in opposing red zone percentage (60%). They also entered Week 6 tied for fifth in the country in sacks (19).
Steve Sarkisian exposed once again that USC Football HC Lincoln Riley was not a problem for Oklahoma at all.
After former USC Football Head Coach Steve Sarkisian was done destroying Oklahoma, they were sitting at 3-3 while Lincoln Riley was getting ready to play Washington State and advance to 6-0. SC was looking at a No. 6 ranking in all of college football while Riley's old program proved that they won't even be sniffing a vote coming out of the sixth game of the year.
Trojan fans remember Venables, who they saw USC play against in the 2004-2005 National Championship. Venables was the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for Oklahoma that year. Venables' defense looked just as bad then too, as it surrendered a hilarious 55(!) points to USC.
SC ended up winning that game 55-19. They likely would beat them even worse if they played them here in Week 7. This is now back-to-back blowouts for the Sooners against unranked teams. This one wasn't even on the road, but at a neutral site. USC on the other hand remains a top 6 team with an unbeaten record through the first half of the year.