I just felt it's important to point out that sometimes people get the wrong impression regarding the results of first games. Sometimes, especially among teams with finesse offense (OU fits that category), it takes offenses more time to gel and develop as a cohesive unit. All you can really ask for is that a team improves from week to week, in that scenario.
Last night the Sooners looked...poorly...in their game against the UTEP Miners. Granted, UTEP played pretty hard in front of a home crowd, but most Sooner fans were pretty disappointed at what OU put on the field. I have this to say about that. First game impressions aren't important. Teams can play incredibly sloppy and still go on to a fine year. Case in point: 2004 KSU. KSU struggled to beat lowly Div1AA (at the time) Western Kentucky 27-13. Nobody could've expected much from the Wildcats and they finished strong at 4-7. Wait a minute....bad example. Hmmm. Okay, how about KSU 2011? KSU ground out a squeaker 10-7 over Eastern Kentucky, yet went on to finish 10-3. Hell, I think it would've been reasonable to expect KSU to finish 2-10 after their first game but they had a lot more success than anybody thought they'd have.
Anyway, I think it's obvious by now to most Sooner fans that we generally tend to start slow. Let's not forget the near losses to Alabama (Birmingham!) and lowly Utah State...and the straight up losses to TCU and BYU. OU tends to start slow out of the gate, and from that perspective I guess we shouldn't be surprised that the Sooners only beat UTEP 24-7. Plus maybe UTEP will be a lot better this year than anybody gives them credit for? We'll see....I can't help but think that game had to be a confidence builder for them.
Hopefully the Stoops Boys will kick the crap out of their unmotivated news clipping reading team. Just another disadvantage we'll have to live with...our boys are literate. If we were OSU or Alabama we wouldn't have to worry about our kids getting the big head from reading news clippings!