Here is what irks me about the past 12 seasons:
OU's AP ranking:
So, let's say that 2003, 2004, and 2008 were successful years since OU played for the national championship. In 2010, OU actually ended up ranked higher than it started. In 2007, we started eight and finished eight. So, that's five years, out of the past 12, that I would deem successful.
Season Start Season End
2001 3 6
2002 1 5
2003 1 3
2004 2 3
2005 7 22
2006 10 11
2007 8 8
2008 4 5
2009 3 UNRANKED
2010 7 6
2011 1 16
2012 4 15
Every other year OU has underacheived. I know, the AP is bull****, they don't matter, they're idiots and they overrate OU every year. Those are crybaby excuses.
Before the BCS era, the yardstick for having a successful season, if you didn't win the national championship, was to finish in the top five. OU has done that only four times in the past 12 years. That's a seriously ****ty ratio considering OU has more top five finishes than any other school. That's going to be in jeopardy with the program in its current trajectory.
OU plays in a mediocre conference, which is the primary contributor to winning 10 games the past two seasons. It sure as **** wasn't aptitude. I don't think I need to point out the bowl performances as that has been beaten to death.
The past two seasons OU has finished ranked 16 and 15. Gary Gibbs could manage that, and there isn't anybody on this board that was old enough back in the early 1990s that didn't want him gone.
Take a look at the two deep and compare it to 2003 - it's ugly. The lack of talent on defense is frightening. The most ****ed up thing about this, to me, is how it seems like every February Stoops feels like bringing out the "This is our best cl****" line. It's been utter bull**** every year.
I'll continue to cheer my **** off for OU - but I'm not going to expect more than a top 15 finish and nine wins. We don't recruit well enough any longer to be any better than that.