NORMAN — What Bob Stoops won’t do has been thoroughly documented.
He won’t go too deep with a question. He won’t just talk psychology, but preparation and execution, because it’s about fixing the play on the field, not fixing noggins.
There’s room for confidence, maybe, but not much momentum.
Monday, he actually said Oklahoma’s recent Red River Rivalry success will have almost nothing to do with what happens Saturday, which is absolute bunk on its face, because every keen observer knows the best indicator of who’ll win the game in the Cotton Bowl this year is who won it last year, because the series is streakier than Russell Westbrook from long range and has been streakier than ever since Stoops came along in 1999.
In so many ways, the Sooners coach simply won’t give in. If his football world is bigger than the one he shares with everybody, don’t expect to hear about it from him.
Also, don’t expect OU to slip. Or slip much. And, if it slips, expect it to bounce back quickly.
Beginning with the 2000 national championship season, OU has dropped four in a season only twice. After the first one, 2005, OU came back with three straight conference championships and a trip to the national title game. After the second, 2010, OU claimed at least a share of the Big 12 crown in two of the next three seasons.
Yes, it’s been 13 seasons since the program achieved immortality, yet going 37-8 beginning with the 2009 Sun Bowl is no small thing.
The Sooners, with Stoops at the helm, right the ship.
Mack Brown lost five games in 1999, yet still won the Big 12’s South Division and still went to the Cotton Bowl.
From that point, though the Longhorns clearly lost some games they shouldn’t have, whoppers that sent them to three Holiday Bowls in four seasons between 2000 and 2003, they nonetheless captured the 2005 national championship, played for another one in 2009 and didn’t lose four games in a season again until 2010.