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October 31, 2012

Sooners can play for more than pride

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NORMAN —

The loss to Kansas State?

The Sooners were bad. Landry Jones was worse. No mystery. But that wasn’t a character issue, either. And Jones has been good ever since. Stoops was right to defend his quarterback on Monday. His team, too.

“We haven’t had the issues we had a year ago,” he said.

There may be something to the cries for better talent, because since Kansas State, the Sooners have not underperformed.

They lost to Notre Dame, but doesn’t OU always lose to the Irish? And the Sooners got none of the calls. Things happen. Sorry, but there is no villain.

It’s quite the situation.

Monday, Jones pled his case that OU’s last loss was unfortunate, but no sign the Sooners have lost their way; that the Sooners of Texas, Texas Tech and Kansas are the real Sooners.

“I think we are playing a lot better than we were last year,” he said.

But for Ryan Broyles being there to save the day, he’s right. Up and down the depth chart and roster, OU is better than last year. The losses are still losses, but that’s all they are.

What’s left to play for?

The best possible season, and right now that’s an 11-2 campaign from a team that probably winds up in a BCS bowl if it can get to 10-2 by Dec. 1.

On the national shows, predictably, you’ll hear talk that maybe OU just isn’t that good this season. Maybe everybody was wrong.

Well, they were wrong from the start when they had OU playing for all the marbles. But they’re just as wrong now, painting the Sooners into an overrated corner.

Last Saturday did not expose OU nearly as much as the Irish exposed themselves as true contenders. If the Sooners play as they played entering that game exiting that game they could very well have six more wins in them,

“I don’t think we’re going to shut it down,” Jones said.

Other seasons, maybe.

This team’s better than that.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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