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September 8, 2013

Sooner defense demands accountability everywhere else

NORMAN — Now would be a good time for Oklahoma to get its head on straight. Really straight. Straight as an arrow. Straight as … well, anything that’s really straight.

It’s a time, in the name of winning, to have little sympathy for anything or anybody.

Beyond going to class and remaining on course to earn your degree and maybe some other things that are nice but that will never be written about because nobody cares when 85,000 are watching on Saturday, victory, after all, remains the entire object of this college football thing.

Maybe that means Blake Bell starts against Tulsa, just in time to create the kind of confidence required to face down Football Jesus and beat down Notre Dame. Or maybe it means Trevor Knight’s back behind center for the Golden Hurricane for the same reason.

Just make the best football decision. Really, just make all of your choices in the name of making the best football decision.

Because after Saturday night’s 16-7 victory over West Virginia, the Sooners are 2-0, and while they probably don’t deserve to move up in the polls, they well might, and still, more importantly, they’re playing enough defense to win every game, so maybe egos should be left at the door in a quest to maximize what could become an out-of-nowhere, who-saw-it-coming crazy amazing season.

Like, maybe, when it’s third-and-1, you go with something that always works, that used to be called the Belldozer.

As the second-quarter began, OU faced first-and-goal from the 1. Damien Williams rushed for no gain, then Knight found Trey Millard for a 1-yard touchdown pass. But what if it hadn’t worked?

Is there one good reason not to bring Bell into the game to get that touchdown on first down other than protecting Knight’s confidence?

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