Oklahoma Football: 5 Players Who Surprised Us, 5 Who Need to Step Up

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Oklahoma Football: 5 Players Who Surprised Us, 5 Who Need to Step Up
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Friday, Dec. 30, the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners will be traveling to Tempe, Ariz., to play the final game of their season. 

No, it's not the national championship, or even the Fiesta Bowl (also held in Tempe), it's the Insight Bowl, designated for the fourth-place finisher in the Big 12. 

After being blown out by rival Oklahoma State, the Sooners concluded their regular season with a 9-3 record. Normally, a 9-3 record would be a sign of a great season, but the Sooners aren't just any team. 

With so many hopes and aspirations for his once No. 1 ranked Sooners, head coach Bob Stoops has to be upset with what has likely been his worst year at the University of Oklahoma. 

Many times this season, the Sooners just seemed different. A lack of toughness? Motivation? Whatever the case, and whomever the blame may fall on, one things for sure: Something has to be changed.

In the end, it was genuinely difficult to pick out five players that "surprised us," but very easy to pick out five players that need to step it up. If that isn't an indication to how the Sooners' season went, I'm not sure what is. 

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