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November 16, 2013

Hope is not lost, but worry is far from over

NORMAN — Because Blake Bell got dinged up running the ball and maybe, too, because Jalen Saunders picked a heck of a time to bring a punt back 91 yards, there’s now reason to believe Bob Stoops might pass Barry Switzer after all on Oklahoma’s all-time victory list before the Sooners play their bowl game.

How did it come to this?

Well, Stoops has had a good long run for starters and Saturday made it 157 victories, same as the King. Yet, where future Saturdays are concerned, given the Baylor debacle, many had come to believe OU stands little to no chance to prevail at Kansas State or, two weeks later, in Stillwater for Bedlam.

Some of that is sure to be rethought after a 48-10 drubbing of Iowa State. 

Once again, a new quarterback to rally around, Trevor Knight and not Bell, appears to have the Sooners worthy of hopes and dreams all over again.

The Sooners can still win 10 games and 11 once they go bowling. They can still finish very strong and three more wins would be very heady stuff given who they would come against, the Wildcats, Cowboys and a postseason opponent to be named later. 

Still, for all of that, what it seems like most is a mess.

Stoops was asked about the roller coaster his offense has been riding and his answer was a good one on its face, and still more telling than anybody seemed to realize.

“I don’t ride the roller coaster with everybody … That’s what everybody thinks now, is that everything’s OK, right?,” he said. “It’s never OK. We have to go do it again next week … We’ve got some tough road games to finish the year. If we can perform like this, or close to it, it’s going to give us a chance.”

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