The Norman Transcript


November 4, 2010

Stoops, Sooners and the woes of the road

NORMAN — Oklahoma doesn’t play near as well on the road as it does at home.

Tell me something else Bob Stoops doesn’t know.

This is how comical it’s become.

Tuesday at Stoops’ weekly press conference, Tulsa World beat writer John Hoover arrived prepared. More prepared than the Sooner coach as it turned out.

Trying to get to the bottom of OU’s road woes, the prying began.

“I would like to see everybody else’s record and I bet it’s not much different,” Stoops said. “The disparity is probably because of our home record. I bet everybody else is around that away from home.”

Hoover was trying to tell Stoops they weren’t. Stoops didn’t want to hear it. Wednesday morning, Hoover spelled it out in The World.

Going back to 2006, judged against other schools that play for championships the way OU plays for championship — Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas and USC — none has been as good at home as the Sooners, while all have been better on the road.

Further, OU has outscored opponents by a 30.6 point average at home over the same time frame, and by an average of 7.9 away from home. That is, over time, the Sooners have been 22.7 points better at home than away.

Of the seven other national powers, Florida has been 18.2 points better at home than away. Nobody else has been more than 15 points better at home than away.

So off was Stoops’ perception of reality, it’s unclear what the biggest issue facing Sooner football is heading into Saturday night’s game at Texas A&M.

The fact the Sooners are so much worse away than at home? The fact the coach appears to be unaware of this fact? Or, maybe, the coach is aware of it, but wants everybody to believe it’s not so bad, which has its own consequences?

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