Poor Bob Stoops cannot lift himself off the hot seat. (6) Oklahoma’s BCS Title chances took a huge hit in a 24-19 upset loss to the (15) Kansas State Wildcats, and Bob Stoops is sure to get too much blame for it.
The grass is always greener for football fans. A large contingent of OU fans feel – like Ravens fans about Billick or Buccaneers fans about Gruden – that Stoops peaked too early, winning the National Championship in 2000 for the first and only time thus far. Are the angry alumni of Oklahoma going to find a coach who will lead them to 7 Big 12 Championships like Stoops has? In fairness, it might not be difficult to find a coach who can do better in bowl games than 7-6, but it’s hard just to get to the caliber of bowl games that the Sooners have participated in under Stoops.
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder handed Stoops his first big coaching job, co-defensive coordinator back in 1991, during Snyder’s first run at K-State.
If the Sooners are to win out, they still may have a shot at the BCS title game. They still have games vs. (12) Texas, (11) Notre Dame, (8) West Virginia, and (17) TCU. Their next game is at Lubbock on Saturday vs. 3-0 Texas Tech, who’s averaging over 50 points per game.
Tonight’s game was all about ball security. One of the two fumbles – Landry Jones’ – was returned 2 yards for a K-State touchdown. That was the difference in the game. All in all, K-State won the turnover battle 3-0.
The Sooners defense lived up to the billing, holding the Wildcats to just 362 yards of offense and 17 offensive points.
The 19 points scored by OU is tied for the second-lowest point total a Landry Jones-quarterbacked team has scored since November 21st, 2009 (@ Texas Tech).
THE REST OF THE TOP 10
(1) Alabama 40, Florida Atlantic 7
(2) LSU 12, Auburn 10
(3) Oregon 49, (22) Arizona 0
(4) Florida State 49, (10) Clemson 37
(5) Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3
(7) South Carolina 31, Missouri 10
(8) West Virginia 31, Maryland 21
(9) Stanford BYE; @ Washington, Thursday at 9 PM ET
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