The Oklahoma Sooners (10-3) finished the season with a 31-14 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Insight Bowl. However, I don't expect an Insight Bowl victory was on the Sooners' checklist this season.
After starting the season out at No. 1 in the polls, the Sooners failed to disappoint early on in the season. Despite being bumped out of the No. 1 position due to the stellar play of LSU and Alabama, the Sooners still began the season 6-0 with the hopes of a national championship still in sight.
The Sooners were playing so well I even deemed their "overall" score as an "A-" in my midseason report card. It was hard to argue with an undefeated team that looked unstoppable on both sides of the ball.
Then the momentum shifted. After a humiliating loss at home to unranked Texas Tech, the Sooners hopes of an undefeated season were crushed, but all was not lost. The Sooners were able to bounce back with big wins over Kansas State and Texas A&M, and things were starting to fall back into place.
That is, until All-American wide receiver Ryan Broyles went down with an injury. Rightfully so, the offense started to appear out-of-sync without its best player on the field. The injury bug was an issue for the Sooners all season long, and when the season was over, injuries had definitely played a part in the Sooners' underwhelming season.
So, the question remains, is it fair to deem a depleted offense with a lackluster grade?
The short answer: yes. The Sooners were down a few players, but they never helped themselves out, either.
Needless to say, this report card looks a lot different than it did two and a half months ago.