Key to Oklahoma Sooners Season: Do Not Let Teams Believe They Can Beat You

J. Robert ByromCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2009

DALLAS - OCTOBER 11:   Wide receiver Jordan Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns is tackled by Travis Lewis #28 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

OU lost two games last year.

In both of those games the Sooners started off extremely well, taking early leads and looking to have no trouble in cruising to victory. However, OU made mistakes and those mistakes gave their opponents the one thing they needed to win, belief.

OU, despite is early success, let both Texas and Florida back into games by letting them believe they could win against the Sooners. 

In the end, they were both right and this is not just something that goes to last season. OU has been mistake plagued for three of four seasons now and seems to find the worst time to make mistakes especially on special teams.

The Sooners may have only lost to a few teams that they were less-talented than the past few seasons. If Stoops wants to hold another Crystal ball, the mistakes have to stop. They have to start with the coaching staff because they have made as many mistakes as the special teams in the past few seasons. 

The list is long, deciding to pass late when your running all over a team, falling for three trick plays at the end of a game, not being ready for a BCS game, and failing to take points in a National Championship game.

The coaches cannot expect perfection from their players if they themselves are so flawed. The problem has to be fixed at the coaching level before the players will stop making mistakes. Stoops always says you cannot compare one year's team to another but they do have one common denominator coach, You. If they are making the same mistakes year after year I do not think it is a player problem, it is a coaching problem. 

Ask most NFL scouts and they will tell you OU is the most talented team this year in college football but unless the mistakes can stop and OU can keep teams from believing they can win, They will continue to lose big games & bowl games. 

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