Bleacher Report has ranked the Oklahoma Sooners offensive line number five out of ten teams. It is an interesting ranking as the Sooner’s offensive line has a lot of returning experienced players and a load of incoming talent. This is important, as the Sooners will be employing some zone-read along with the spread this year. So, the offense will be very dependent on a strong offensive line.
In this article they state: “Last year, two of the three best offensive lines in the Big 12 won the conference.” So, it is easy to see why having a strong and talented offensive line will be critical to OU’s offensive success this season.
What do you think about OU’s offensive line?
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Here is a detailed preview of the Oklahoma Sooners’ return to South Bend this fall from an Irish perspective. They provide a detailed preview of the Sooners in all phases of the game. It covers offense, defense, special teams and prediction for the game. They seem to think that Notre Dame will win the game even though their starting quarterback Goulson has been suspended for this season. They put a little to much into the star-rating of the Sooner recruits as Sam Bradford and others have shown being a three-star is really not indicative of their real potential, as Bradford was a five-star plus during his Junior and Senior years in Norman. It is highly likely that several of the current three-stars on the Sooner roster will become much better under the Stoops brothers tutelage.
Also, I think they are a little optimistic about the Notre Dame;s chances and do not understand that we have numerous other players with playing time, even if they were not starters. They are also a little pessimistic as to the potential of our secondary, as the Sooners will actually have more speed in the defensive backfield than they have had in several seasons. There is a lot of potential defensively. The only real concern is the defensive line as they will attempt to use some players that have yet to show they can be big time division one players. Along with the new schemes, if they can fill the defensive tackle gaps, the Sooners may have strong defensive presence.
Overall, their Sooner write-up is long and very-detailed and every Sooner fan should read it, as it provides a outside looking in view of the Sooners and their potential this season.
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While folks much smarter than me ponder the supposed Big12 conspiracy against the SEC, it is amazing the high level in which the Oklahoma athletic programs compete at, while ranking amongst the nation’s best in academics. The pride, dedication and commitment that the University of Oklahoma’s Athletic Department puts on academics is not only admirable, but has become a strong recruiting tool. Numerous recruits in all sports talk about the educational support programs provided by OU as one of the primary triggers for their committing to the University of Oklahoma.
After all, most of these student-athletes will not be making millions in the NBA or NFL, but will need to have a diploma and education to carry them throughout their professional life. The coaches in all the sports seem to highlight this fact and go out of the way to make the educational support programs part of a recruit’s official and unofficial visit to the university.
This is why several recruits that could not get into Nebraska, OU, Kansas and others have found themselves entering an SEC, Conference USA ot other conference where some (not all – Vanderbilt, Tulsa, etc…) have lower academic standards and can accept an athlete that may not be able to academically compete at other higher-learning institutions.
So, hats off to the Sooners for their focus on education and athletics and ensuring those that attend OU go into the world with the tools to be successful.
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In this Sporting News story on OU’s Bob Stoops they discuss how losing three of the four national championship games they have played in since Stoops began at OU in 1999 does not satisfy Coach Stoops or his critics. They discuss why he is combative and what drove him to make staff changes this off-season.
One very interesting area of discussion is how Bob’s brothers Mike and Mark claim that their brother was stung by the criticism by former players after the embarrassing loss to Texas A&M in the 2012 Cotton Bowl.
This is a long and very interesting article that any Sooner fan should read. It mentions how Bob should become the winningest coach in Sooner history this season and yet there is still something missing. So, this leads to an statement that is especially important as Coach Stoops declares adamantly
“I want more; I want the national championship,” Stoops said. “I’m not complaining, but I’m not going to apologize for the success we’ve had here. Now that (winning the Big 12) has become the norm, that isn’t good enough. Just a national championship is good enough.”
This doesn’t sound like a coach that plans on coasting or not having the fire to succeed, as some of his critics have claimed. This sounds like a coach with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.
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Well $22 million per team for the Big12 payout is better than the SEC’s payout of $20.7 and will likely ensure the Big12 stays at 10 teams for the foreseeable future, especially since the teams kept their third-tier rights. Not too mention that there really isn’t a must have candidate to join the Big12 at this point. Louisville was the last strong candidate and they are off the table. That leaves Cincinnati, UCONN and a cast of others that really don’t bring anything special to the Big12. So settle in for now and enjoy the ten-team Big12, as that is what we have for the foreseeable future.
OU needs to focus on improving their product on the field and re-gaining their elite status. That alone will bring in more money through BCS bowl dollars this year and potential playoff dollars beginning next year. Not too mention it would do wonders for the recruiting.
What do you think about the 10-team Big12 and it’s payout?
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Alright! Alright! I know it isn’t fair to tease the Sooner faithful with such a tremendous reminder that the season kicks off in just 91 days and an hour from now, but I couldn’t help myself. We need our Sooner football and we need it now! Enjoy the video! Boooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Video by: The Big12 Conference