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January 5, 2013

Gap between Sooners, greatness put on display

ARLINGTON, Texas — For any and all who were wondering just how far away Sooner football is from the promised land, it is this far away.

It is exactly the distance between itself and Texas A&M Friday night at Cowboys Stadium, where OU, if everybody’s willing to be honest, was nothing more indictable than its very self, a good team, capable of great things, but with big whopping exploitable holes, just about all of them exposed against the nation’s best team right now.

That’s the only takeaway from A&M’s crushing and no-fluke 41-13 Cotton Bowl victory over the Sooners.

OU is a defense capable of playing well, but still porous. It is an offense capable of great things, but incapable of doing it all itself.

Against the right team, it is a very long way away and the Aggies are most definitely the right team.

Johnny Manziel turned out so much better in real life than he’d ever proven to be on television and this from a voter who understood the Heisman Trophy had to be his.

How can anybody possibly believe a Notre Dame linebacker who has made about 10 tackles a game and picked off seven passes is better than this guy, now even more clearly the nation’s “most outstanding” collegiate player this season and maybe several seasons.

He ran for 229 yards and threw for 287 and by the middle of the third quarter he was just showing off, toying with the Sooners because he could.

Manziel could get hurt, SEC defenses, already the alleged nation’s best, may invent a better way to play him over the next three seasons, but after Friday night it’s hard to guess how they might, the kid playing a different game than the other 21 players on the field.

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