All programs have transitional seasons. OU had them under Stoops in 2005 and 2009. But those teams were rebuilding from teams that played for national championships the previous year.
The Sooners were a long way from that level when it last took the field. Hard to believe an offseason and one recruiting class can put it back there so quickly.
However, the one thing the Sooners have that few of Stoops’ teams enjoyed was the chance to fly under the radar.
“I feel like we have a chip on our shoulder. At the end of the day, I feel like it’s a little insulting because we are Oklahoma, and we have the talent to step up every year and fill those voided holes,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “I know we’ll do it this year. Guys have been working to do that, and we’re gonna shock a lot of people.”
It was apparent after Big 12 media days the Sooners have lost their status as the team to beat in the Big 12 Conference. They’re fine with that. That belief has no outcome on winning or losing games.
OU still believes it has what it takes to set the same goals it has for every season.
“Undefeated and a national championship. To have no regrets,” fullback Trey Millard said on the mindset heading into the season. “You can have a one-loss national championship and Big 12 championship as well. To be completely happy, you want the national championship. That’s what we expect.”
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