The Norman Transcript


November 6, 2013

Tonight is the test for defensive transformation



Don’t buy it.

After OU beat Baylor last season, the Bears were 1-5 against the conference. Plain and simple, that bunch of Bears wasn’t very good. And giving up 252 yards on the ground, as OU did, was a big part of the reason Stoops was sent scrambling the rest of the season, which only made things worse.

Indeed, it was what OU did defensively that day and against West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M to follow that made it clear something had to be done.

So it has.

On average, OU is allowing 18.1 points and 314 yards from scrimmage or about 74 yards and a touchdown less than last season.

But this is where it really begins.

It’s tough luck the Sooners must make a go of it without Nelson, Phillips and maybe Frank Shannon, too. It’s unfair OU may rely on a pair of true freshmen linebackers — Dominique Alexanders and Jordan Evans — against the nation’s most explosive offense. Also, it doesn’t matter.

Stoops made changes and the Sooners have found their defensive stride. Tonight, they can’t afford get knocked off it. It is the reason they made the changes. It is the test they still must pass.

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