TULSA â€” For those who either watched on television or in person (as I did) the Tulsa Golden Hurricane's 59-17 rout of Marshall Satruday at a windy Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, this team looks to be not only peaking at the right time, but is definitely set itself up for a Conference USA Western Division title showdown at 11 a.m. Nov. 25 at home with undefeated Houston â€” and possibly the C-USA Championship game (which could be here if Tulsa runs the table).
It's hard to fathom that this team started out 1-3 this season, but remember who the three teams were to beat the Golden Hurricane â€” Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State, all of which are, or at one time were, primed to be Bowl Championship Series bowl teams (possibly a BCS Championship Game team in the case of OSU, and possibly still OU).
But since Oct. 1, the Golden Hurricane (7-3, 6-0 in conference play) have not lost a game, and talk about a well-oiled machine on offense. Tulsa had nine scoring drives, three of them were less than 40 seconds â€” which gives the Golden Hurricane 10 such drives this season.
Still, despite the appearance of the Golden Hurricane peaking and riding a six-game winning streak, Tulsa Coach (and Spiro native and former Spiro Bulldogs coach) Bill Blankenship, quarterback G.J. Kinne and running back Trey Watts (son of former OU quarterback J.C. Watts) still believe the team's best performance is still forthcoming.