There isn’t too much to say here besides the obvious that Bob Stoops is a terrific coach and Oklahoma is an upper echelon program and Top 10 desirable coaching job given their history, stability, and proximity to fertile recruiting beds in the Southwest and Southeast. So here’s some interesting trivia to illustrate how good Oklahoma is on a consistent basis: Bob Stoops and Joe Paterno are the only coaches to ever win all 5 major bowls, and Stoops was the only one to do it all in the BCS era. Stoops , not Saban, reached more BCS bowls in the BCS era than any other coach. Oklahoma is the all-time winningest program in the modern era since World War II. I know some people say Stoops isn’t a great coach and shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as the Nick Saban’s and Urban Meyer’s of the world because he doesn’t “win big games” enough. Those people are stupid and are the same type of people who say they wouldn’t want Lebron, Sidney Crosby, or Peyton Manning on their team in a playoff game. Yes, I am aware that he is 4-5 in BCS Bowls and has lost three straight National Championship games. Let me assure you as someone who is now a Wisconsin fan and grew up a Miami fan that I would love to have a coach who was capable of bringing me to 4 straight national championship games and losing 3 of them. It sucks for Oklahoma that for four of their trips to the Title game in the BCS era, they played two of the best teams in the modern era of College Football (Tebow’s Florida, and Leinart/Reggie Bush’s USC). But I’m sure your multiple bowl wins, Big 12 titles, and recent dominance over your most hated rival can provide you some solace if you’re a Sooners fan.
The Sooner Schooner obviously. I always wondered who teaches the person who drive the Schooner on how to do it? Where does one get Schooner lessons? At the University of Oklahoma somewhere apparently. When Barstool Oklahoma finally opens, I hope all the bloggers get to go to a game and get Schooner rides.
Oklahoma was fairly simple to break down last year. When their quarterback play was good, they were a team capable of being the best in the Big 12 and beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. When they were playing poorly, they were capable of losing to Notre Dame and getting as embarrassed by Baylor as a team can possibly be embarrassed. Trevor Knight will most start, who threw for 348 yards and 4 touchdowns against Bama, but if he struggles, will be replaced by Blake Bell. If you haven’t watched a full game with Blake Bell, just know that if he has any sort of pressure in the pocket, he’s roughly as good at quarterback as you or I am. Three offensive linemen are returning (14 total starters), meaning that Knight should get some protection to further develop throughout the season. What Oklahoma will lack on offense is running backs, but running back is the position that requires the least amount of in-game reps in order to be effective. I have no doubt that Stoops has recruited the talent to fill in that hole, and believe it will most likely be filled by 5-star running back Joe Mixon (who was down to Wisconsin as one of his final 3 options by the way. When Oklahoma beat Alabama though I knew it was all over). Oklahoma is a little young at secondary but is returning their entire front seven, so defending against the run will be a cinch and the quarterback pressure will be a bitch for Big 12 offenses all season. The Over/Under is set at 10.5. This season will all come down to Trevor Knight, so place your bets accordingly depending on whether you believe in him or not. For the first time, I’m going to be a pussy and punt on this question until I see him in the first few games of the season.
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I wrote this blog before Joe Mixon was suspended for the year and forgot to update the blog accordingly. That one is that my bad. Also, getting a lot of tweets and emails about Blake Bell being a TE now. Blake Bell is still taking Quarterback reps and the latest practice report from the Oklahoma beat writers say that he is the likely QB if Trevor Knight struggles.