Take on how OU has fallen from a great football program to a good one:
Take on how OU has fallen from a great football program to a good one:
This should go over well with the non-stop sunshine pumpers around here.
Your math is off for the year 2008. The winning percentage for that year is 85.7%. Somewhat poking a hole in your theory of slide towards a decline.
Seems to me that Bob Stoops set the bar and you want it to go higher. Do you not feel that Bob Stoops would like that bar to go higher? Pull yourself away from the cliff all will be alright! :-)
I will never understand how we lose two games to the number 1 and number 6 teams and it's considered a decline.
Makes some sense. Hopefully the coaches can turn it in the other direction sooner rather than later.
Well, the good news is OU got rid of the problem on defense after last season and now the problem on offense has just one game left (there is more to football than stats). Also, OU's special teams have improved after being very bad from 2008 and on.
Really no reason to have a recruiting class not ranked in the top 10. Says coaches aren't working as hard - in both recruiting and putting a product on the field that excites the top prospects.
We lost to two good teams. No question.
But we also narrowly avoided a loss to WV (set defensive records for futility), went to OT at home against a then 7-4 OSU team, and narrowly avoided defeat again down in Ft. Worth.
I think the record this year actually masks how average we were.
Stoops has got to at least be thinking about making coaching changes and replacing them with better recruiters.
Win percentage is going to decline when your playing less games.
Pretty good article that took about 8 minutes to think up and write. I also wonder if this person could write an article about the sky being blue and water being wet. You know, to tell us what we already know, but have zero point in doing so.
I'd have nailed 8-5 had Saunders and Brown not been added at the last minute. We were close to an awful season.
Metoyer needs to have a really really good offseason or hes going to get passed up.
I think the blog post wanted to fit the data into the narration, rather than have the data narrate the story.
OU was in the hunt this year and was eliminated by Notre Dame. Oregon was in the hunt and was eliminated by Stanford. Welcome to the month of November in College Football.
With a share of the Big 12, and almost making a BCS bowl, this year was a good year.
The recruiting problems are due to personnel, and not to due to the health of the program.
What about the money OU football is raking in? That trend is going up. I don't see a fading of OU; I'm seeing some problems that can be fixed, rather easily.
The linked post is a column or a blog post, and not an article. The last sentence is a mess.
Hopefully, the Oklahoma administration will be smart at some point and never schedule ND again. Why mess with a curse that has no elixir?
I think there has been an appreciable decline on the defense. Was that BV's schemes? Recruiting? D-line development? Not sure. But for one reason or another, J. Mac, McGee, Walker, R.J. Washington, etc., failed to live up to very lofty recruiting expectations.
Big picture? That '09 team could have played for a national title if it hadn't had the worst run of injury luck in Sooners' history. Instead, it lost 5 games away from Norman, all to teams that finished in the Top 25, and four of those losses were by a combined 12 points.
This year's team lost the interior of the O-line in the pre-season, and lost two very close games to two teams that finished 23-1. Would those guys up front have made a difference against K-State or Notre Dame? I guess there's no way to know. Would a healthy O-line have helped in some of our closer wins? Again, impossible to know, but you've got to think the ability to run the ball might have helped against WVU. If Austin isn't on the field, he's not running through our no-linebackers scheme.
We need a dominant d-tackle and we need some injury luck on the O-line. Get those two things back in Norman, and we'll be rolling again.
Would the "Grammar Police" please call me immediately
And losing to OSU in 2001, that was fun.
Getting routed by OSU in 2002 was even more fun, that was really great.
Especially since OU enjoyed an advantage of running an offense that no one in the Big 12 had seen , or had yet to understand how to contain.
You guys worry too much.
Why do you expect OU to lose that game? How do you know we won't lose other games next year? We could easily lose to just about anyone right now. Texas Tech has beaten us 4 times since 2005 and blew us out last time we played them at home. I guess we shouldn't have them on the schedule either according to your logic. We have no real home field advantage anymore because we play such a timid style on both sides of the ball that everyone actually scouts for. I'm not even sure we look at other teams game films anymore.
Honestly - I've been a OU fan since 1971 and this year we saw some truly horrific defense and a offense that couldn't answer in our two losses. 10-2 is stunning given what we saw on the field. Very lucky Bell got across the goal line against OSU and that we finally got a holding call in the TCU game.
Yes 10-2 is a good record. But we were far from being a great team in 2012.
2001 11 2
2002 12 2 82.7
2003 12 2 88.9
2010 12 2 78.2
2011 10 3 77.8
2012 10 2 76.9 Not counting bowl game
Not much different there
Like I said, you can have a good year and still be showing signs of decay.
The article was about as deep as the kiddie pool.
We had off years in 2005 and 2009 when we graduated tons of starters the previous years and played in the MNC game. In 2009, we also had tons of injuries.
I'd say that we've more flatlined just outside the MNC game than we've declined.
OTOH, there's no question that our recruiting on the OL and DL is not what it needs to be to complete successfully for the NC.
The game is like that. Lots of parity and little difference b/t 12-0 and 10-2.
Personally, I like the fact that we won 2 games in the dying seconds, being behind. It shows character.
How do I know that Oklahoma won't lose other games next season? Simple, OU's QB won't run out of bounds short of first down markers. OU's QB won't dive well short of first down markers to avoid contact despite the fact that he could go a few more yards and still avoid contact. OU's QB when rolling out of the pocket won't throw the ball away just because every receiver is covered when there is plenty of open territory for him to run for a first down. The latter is the instincts of the vast majority of QBs that aren't afraid to take a hit.
OU will be better at DT barring injury, because it will be more athletic, which will help out the other positions immensely. Additionally, OU's schedule sets up great with bye weeks before facing dynamic offenses of Baylor and OSU and a bye for the ND game as well, which unfortunately won't help. Also, the opposition loses a lot of key personnel outside of OSU and Texas and Texas still has severe QB issues and generally, coaching issues on both sides of the ball.