A couple of weeks ago, I pondered why Oklahoma seems to get a pass when it comes to the discussion of prospective national title contenders, given the Sooners’ recent track record in BCS games.
Here’s a reminder of that track record:
|DEFENSELESS IN BCS|
|Oklahoma has given up an average of 41.8 points in its last four BCS games – all losses:|
|2004||Southern California||Orange||L, 55-19|
|2006||Boise State||Fiesta||L, 43-42|
|2007||West Virginia||Fiesta||L, 48-28|
Not pretty. But Bob Stoops has the explanation for it. It’s those pesky players. You know, the ones he recruits and coaches.
“There’s a lot that happens between the Big 12 championship and the bowl game,” Stoops said. “We were without three starters. And we’ve got to do a better job, even if guys are subbing for them. But then you’ve got to manage those outgoing seniors who have already graduated and are entering the NFL.
“You’ve got juniors that are going into the NFL. You’ve got agents all over the place. There’s a lot that changes from the Big 12 championship to the BCS bowls. And obviously, we’ve got to do a better job of it here.”
These are apparently problems unique to Oklahoma, which I presume by this has played four straight BCS games against teams that had no players going pro. So what does that say about Stoops’ coaching of late in the big game?
(h/t The Wizard of Odds)