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After a shocking loss to a Texas Tech squad that finished 5-7 and a humiliating blowout in Stillwater at the hands of Oklahoma State, one has to wonder if the Sooners were in it mentally.
We'll exclude the Baylor game from this discussion because RG3 was superhuman in 2011 and the Bears were a respectable team.
To lose to Texas Tech at home, however, is simply inexcusable. Considering the level of talent the Sooners have and the expectations bestowed upon them, there's no question they should have beat the Red Raiders.
As for OSU, the simple fact that OU lost to the Cowboys is not the concern, for Mike Gundy fielded a top-tier team last season. But the manner in which the game was lost is bothersome.
It'd be different if the final score were 44-41 or even 44-34, but 44-10? That's not going to cut it for a team aiming for a national championship.
Furthermore, OU seemed to give up in Stillwater. After Landry Jones fumbled deep in OSU territory early in the second quarter, there were no signs of life from the Sooners, and the game was essentially over.
Where's the passion? The fire? The hunger to win? These qualities, normally a given in Sooner squads, were glaringly absent at times last season and must be replenished.