It pains me to say it, and I have never before rooted against my beloved Sooners, but I hope OU loses big tonight against Bama. Here is why. Unless OU lays a huge turd offensively tonight (no offensive TDs, no big plays, etc.) next year we can expect the same outcome for the team--a possible 10 win season with 2-3 losses, ala the old Josh Heupel, the same old Bob Stoops.
I loved Bob Stoops resurrecting the pride, attitude and excellence that is OU (for that matter I loved Josh as the QB that brought the bacon home against FSU in the title game over a decade ago). However, Bob's arrogance, inflexibility, and unwillingness to adapt and change has brought us to the point where we are tonight: a huge underdog to a much better team, a perpetual 2 maybe 3 loss team that maybe will share a B12 title, maybe even will win it, but will not compete for a national title.
If one thing has reinforced my feelings about it being time for Bob to move on, and even more importantly how poor of an OC Josh Heupel is, it was this year's bowl games. Time and time again I watched dynamic playcallers from teams that shouldn't be able to hold the collective jockstrap of this great program, but who were imaginative, unafraid to make a mistake, and who had the killer instinct to always go for the throat. And I asked myself...why not us? What in the hell has happened that we have a coach who is OK with a 10/11 win season, maybe winning the conference, hoping to make it to a BCS game, settling for less than a national championship?
I'm tired of being a second tier "top" team and not being able to compete nationally and sign top High School recruits (how can we barely be in the top 25 for recruiting---we are OU for God's sake!! So tonight I'll watch the game, biting my tongue as JH calls his usual conservative and predictable plays (yes, I know he called for the fake FG and a nice 4th down play against OkSt, but should it really have taken the entire season for him to pull off his blinders and make a gutsy call)?
I've watched and rooted for my Sooners since the 1970s...my earliest and best memories were watching Barry Switzer and Billy Sims taking it to any and all comers...but that time is over. OU isn't feared...we don't intimidate anymore and we don't even have the best athletes on the field these days. Yes, we are playing in yet another BCS game, and yes we will make millions for the University (and Bob's coffers), but we also will be sitting at home for the 6th straight year watching two other teams vie for the National Championship. And when you really love the Oklahoma Sooners, that sucks...