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January 1, 2014

For Sooners, a bit of gamesmanship couldn’t hurt

METAIRIE, La. — It was 13 years ago, in Miami rather than the Superdome, and any transcript of either team’s postgame media session may be lost to antiquity. 

As Sooner fans easily remember, Oklahoma, a 13-point underdog, knocked off Florida State to win the national championship. 

Also, as a very few might remember, the most amazing thing about it may not have been how the Sooner defense manhandled Heisman Trophy winner Chris Wienke and the Seminole offense but how Florida State coach Bobby Bowden responded to that manhandling.

It was like he’d never seen anything like it. It was like he still wasn’t sure what he’d just seen. It was like, given all the footage he and his offensive assistants must have viewed to get ready for the game, what they actually faced during the game was a world apart.

In a world of fantastic talent, OU’s defensive staff that night proved just how far coaching can take a team. 

Also, for those seeking a scenario by which Alabama loses Thursday night’s Sugar Bowl, it’s a good tale to remember.

As was true 13 years ago, OU is a huge underdog, 16 points, as it prepares to meet Alabama. 

The Sooners have the same defensive coordinator — Mike Stoops — they did that night 13 years ago. 

Also, after playing the first week of December and winning a huge game — then it was Kansas State at the Big 12 championship, this time Bedlam rival Oklahoma State — the Sooners have had a great deal of time to prepare.

It’s good to remember because one wonders if it might happen again. And while you go about remembering, it might be wise to forget what the Sooners said Tuesday after working out at the New Orleans Saints practice facility.

“Whether it’s a week to prepare or a couple of weeks to prepare,” OU coach Bob Stoops said, “I think, generally, each team’s doing the same thing.”

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