Oh, the Sooners. How do I begin?
I grew up in Oklahoma City and plan to move back there after I'm finished at my dream school (slide number six), so I'm very used to hearing the national championship talk year after year after year from Sooner fans to start the season.
I never thought, especially after the loss to Texas, that the Sooners would actually make it. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Oklahoma had a tremendous regular season, as they typically do, led by Sam Bradford and a phenomenal supporting cast. After linebacker Ryan Reynolds was injured against Texas and the Sooners lost, they bounced back with incredible resolve, knocking off several ranked opponents and scoring 60+ points in the five games before the national championship, an unprecedented offensive performance that won't be topped as long as I live.
Bradford was awesome, lighting up defense after defense on his way to taking home the Heisman hardware.
The Sooners, the lone team to benefit from the three-way tie action, won the Big 12 South and the Big 12 championship en route to the Big Game against Florida.
And the Sooners were annihilated. I expected more from them, and I believe they certainly had the potential to beat Florida, but not the way they ended up playing. After the final 24-14 score, Oklahoma has lost five straight BCS appearances.
Something has to change in Norman. Bob Stoops has been unable to win the big one since the Sooners' 2000 national championship. The LSU game was at least within grasp, the USC game was just sad, the Boise State game was the Boise State game, and last year's loss to West Virginia was much worse than expected. With the loss to Florida Thursday, the Sooners have made their most recent legacy in college football being one of the biggest disappointments in history.
That hurts for me to say because I cheer for Oklahoma almost as hard as I cheer for Nebraska. But there's a point where you have to sit down and be honest: Something's got to give. I'm not saying fire Stoops, but the joke "Cereal looks better in a bowl than Oklahoma" is starting to get old, and they need a bowl win BADLY.
SEASON GRADE: A
POSTSEASON GRADE: F
SAM BRADFORD: Keep on keepin' on, buddy.
BOB STOOPS: Start preparing your résumé, man...