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April 14, 2014

Red-White Game more of a treat for the fans

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NORMAN —

“There” is winning a Big 12 Conference championship and gaining a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff. The Sooners will enter next with those internal and external expectations.

The Sooners did an enormous amount to show why on Saturday. So many likely starters sat out, there was hardly a full gauge of their talent.

 OU fully believes it is back to the level of legitimate national title contender.

Stoops joked about the expectations OU will face next season. If anyone wants to help taper them, he’d appreciate the help.

“If you can get everyone to print we don't have a prayer next year, we're going to lose 10 games by double digits, if you can get that done, I wouldn't have to worry about it. That's not going to happen,” he said. “That’s always part of when you're visiting with your players, to have the right mindset. No matter if they're saying good things or bad things, it's what are we doing to do something about it or to be our best? That's what we try to focus on.”

The Sooners believe their best is good enough to win a national championship next season. There’s an excitement that comes with that. OU showcased it on Saturday.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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