NORMAN OK - SEPTEMBER 11: The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11 2010 in Norman Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Fall is in full effect. The blistering record heats Oklahoma natives were finally becoming accustomed to have been replaced by the cooler weather and grills are being fired up all over the state. Every Saturday, thousands upon thousands of people pour into Gaylord Memorial Stadium as well as their favorite sports bar in order to cheer on their beloved Sooners in the chase for eight. Yet, is there something bigger going on here, an underlying storyline that takes years to develop?
Oklahoma has been poised to break record after record. Individuals continue to improve and smash the numbers set by their predecessors. But, it expands far beyond the individual level. Players like Paul Thompson, Adrian Peterson, Sam Bradford, Jermaine Gresham, DeMarco Murray and now Landry Jones as well as Ryan Broyles are contributing to something bigger than themselves.
This Saturday, Oklahoma will look to extend their already highly regarded 39 consecutive home winning streak. A 40+ consecutive home winning streak has not been reached since the Miami Hurricanes set the all-time record at 58 ending in 1994. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are out to not only knock off the #3 Sooners but also to put an end to their reign of the Big XII as they storm the castle. However, with each win Oklahoma is setting a program record and have not lost at home since the dreadful home opener against TCU in 2005. The only other team to have beaten Bob Stoops in Norman is little brother, Oklahoma St.
Before the end of the season, the Sooners have a chance to jump up into a tie (with the Texas Longhorns) for 4th on the all-time list of consecutive home wins. The remaining home games are against Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Iowa St. If each goes down as a win, Oklahoma will push the current streak to 42 and look to extend that in the 2012 season.