A trap game, is a contest against a lesser opponent, played before or after a tough opponent. The emotional drain of a tough opponent makes a team vulnerable to defeat from a lesser opponent the next week ,or a team could be caught overlooking an opponent considered to be ‘lesser’ for a tough opponent the following week.
Oklahoma traveled to South Bend last week to take on Notre Dame, a team that beat them in Norman at home last year, and a team they haven’t beaten since the 50′s. Oklahoma playing TCU following that emotional game could qualify as a trap game.
Add in that the TCU game is sandwiched between Notre Dame and Oklahoma’s Red River Rivalry game against the University of Texas, definitely makes it a trap game. Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops doesn’t agree though.
“I don’t buy it; I don’t look at it that way,” Stoops said, via the Dallas Morning News. “This is not the first big nonconference game that we’ve had. We’ve played a lot of them and we play Texas the same time every year. It’s always the same story, with the letdown before and after, and that hasn’t happened to us. …
“We’re going to do our business like we always do.”
We’ll see how Oklahoma handles their second Big 12 opponent of the season. They beat West Virginia in close 16-7 game in the second week of the season.