BCS Rankings 2010: Breaking Down the Oklahoma Sooners

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BCS Rankings 2010: Breaking Down the Oklahoma Sooners
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Bob Stoops can make his 5th trip to the BCS Championship Game in 12 years.

The first official BCS rankings of 2010 are out and you can hear it coming: "Not Oklahoma again! They suck!!! (Insert team name here) would crush them."

Every Sooner fan has heard it numerous times from others all across the country, whether it be from fans of other programs or even from so-called football experts.

In fact, they have heard it more frequently than any other program in the BCS era. After all, OU has played in four of the last 10 BCS Championship games.

Since 1999, when Bob Stoops took over the starving monster that was Oklahoma football after Barry Switzer was ousted in the late 80s, he has nursed the Sooner program back to life by feeding it very well indeed.

Stoops Troops can claim victories over Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Miami, TCU, Stanford, Nebraska and Texas among the many meals that have fueled the Sooners resurgence to national prominence.

The critics, or, as Sooner fans' know them, the "jealous wannabes,"  point to Oklahomas' 1-3 record in the biggest game as their main proof Oklahoma doesn't belong among the elite.

For Sooner fans, while the losses hurt, it doesn't diminish the indisputable fact that playing football for the University of Oklahoma gives a player the best chance he's got to make it to the biggest stage in all of college football, the BCS Championship game.

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