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October 5, 2012

Defense can’t catch a break in conference

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NORMAN —

It’s like a game of chess, but the offense is making two moves while the defense gets one.

Offenses have taken advantage, and athletic directors have noticed. At the FBS level, there were 14 coaches who received their first head coaching jobs in the offseason. Twelve had offensive backgrounds. Only two were defensive coordinators.

Stoops is back at OU because he got fired at Arizona. The Wildcats replaced him with an offensive-minded coach. The trend has offensive minds becoming the dominant force in the game.

However, the trend to win national championships remains entrenched with defense. The SEC has won six national championships. Only one of those teams — Auburn in 2010 — lacked a dominant defense. The rest did.

Mike Stoops firmly believes that’s where OU’s future is heading.

“I still think you win with defense. I just think at some point, to win championships, it comes down to stops, “ he said. “Like any team, they’re going to score points, and you’ve got to shake it off and you’ve got to go back, and you’ve got to get a stop. I think that’s what games are going to come to in critical situations. You can’t let them score every time they get the ball. You’ve got to come up with some stops.”

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