The No. 20 Oklahoma Sooners hosted Arkansas State in their season opener Saturday, and the game was over well before halftime.
Unfortunately, they kept playing the game, and the final score, 73-0, is one of those crazy scores you always see early in the season when one of college football’s “haves” plays one of the “have-nots.”
Oklahoma is a potential national championship contender, while the Sun Belt Conference Red Wolves have won five games combined in the past two seasons. It was a mismatch on paper — Oklahoma entered as 36-point favorites — and it looked even worse after the dust settled.
Sooners senior quarterback Dillon Gabriel passed for 308 yards and two scores, and ran for another TD, one of Oklahoma’s six rushing touchdowns.
Oklahoma is up 73-0 against Arkansas state 😳
College football beat downs are BACKpic.twitter.com/jTMQs2MqY5
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) September 2, 2023
College football fans quickly reacted to the rout, with many asking the obvious question: Why does the NCAA allow these beatdowns to happen?
Me watching Oklahoma vs Arkansas State 😅 pic.twitter.com/wwg1FYFWIN
— Playmaker TD 🏈 (@playmakerTD) September 2, 2023
— Earl (@xEarl_) September 2, 2023
This why the NFL is better
— Stone Cole (@StoneColeStuna) September 2, 2023
never understood why they have these monster colleges play bad teams
— justin🦕 (@FatassEmbiid) September 2, 2023
What sort of a mismatch fixture is that? What’s the point really? Arkansas State have no business being on the same field.
— 🇺🇸🇮🇱Oakland Niner ✡️🕎 (@SirJamesNiner) September 2, 2023
how do people find this enjoyable to watch
— Broward Bred🔥🐬 (TuAnon Cardholder) (@FromRagsToGP) September 2, 2023
Can’t even imagine the bus ride home lol
— BiggBreeze (@BigBreezy29) September 2, 2023
They told me college football > NFL
— THOT SUMMER 3 OUT NOW!! (@djthotpatrol) September 2, 2023