The “6 God” himself ensured Oklahoma football will win its 2018 bowl game on Monday.
No, not No. 6 Baker Mayfield. It’s Canadian rapper Drake, who’s gifted Oklahoma football with a 2018 bowl win.
You might be wondering, how has Drake done this? Well, it’s scientifically proven Oklahoma thrives off Drake studio albums, and Drake announced a new project, entitled “Scorpion,” is coming this summer.
Let’s be clear, we’re talking strictly studio albums. Not commercial mixtapes like 2015’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What A Time to Be Alive or commercial playlists like 2017’s More Life. There is a difference, but more on that later.
Here is a timeline of the freaky correlation between Drake’s studio albums and Oklahoma football bowl wins:
On June 15, 2010, Drake released his debut studio album “Thank Me Later.” Oklahoma ended the 2010 season with a win over Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.
Drake released other projects prior to “Thank Me Later,” but this is regarded as his first full-length studio album.
Oklahoma beat Iowa in the Insight Bowl to end its 2011 season. Drake’s sophomore studio album, “Take Care,” which dropped on Nov. 15, 2011, came just in time to guarantee the win.
Drake didn’t release a studio album in 2012, and the Sooners fell to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl to end their 2012 season. Coincidence? We think not.
Drake made a comeback with “Nothing Was The Same“ on Sept. 24, 2013. Oklahoma later knocked off Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to cap its 2013 campaign.
2014 and 2015 seasons
The hip-hop recording artist then took a two-year break from studio records, but dropped a few commercial mixtapes.
Mixtapes are different than albums, because they typically lack an overarching theme like a studio album. There is also less thought put into the continuity of the project.
Studio albums are often more coherent, and the production is treated with more care. Labeling an album a “mixtape” also usually incites less criticism, because it’s not supposed to be as serious as a studio album.
Oklahoma paid for Drake’s studio-album drought, however, by losing its 2014 and 2015 bowl games to Clemson. But Drizzy finally delivered the next year.
Drake released his fourth studio album, “Views,” on April 29, 2016. The Sooners were thankful months later when they beat Auburn in the Sugar Bowl to end their 2016 run.
“More Life” was released in 2017, but Drake claims the project as a “playlist.” The Atlantic offers a good explanation of the move.
The Drake-Oklahoma rule seemed in danger when the Sooners seemed to be on the verge of beating Georgia in the Rose Bowl, but Mayfield and Co. fell short in Pasadena, Calif.
Oklahoma should be back to its winning ways with “Scorpion” set for a summer release. Drake’s already released a few singles off of the studio album, including “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What.” If Drake’s latest two singles are any indication, Oklahoma might be in store for an incredible run in 2018.