Oklahoma has won “more than most people do,” Stoops said.
This year, the Sooners were the overwhelming favorites to win an eighth national championship. They were ranked No. 1 in both of the preseason Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls.
With 14 starters returning from last year’s 12-2 Fiesta Bowl and Big 12 championship team, the Sooners expected this season to be a historic one.
Unfortunately, it was.
Friday night’s victory against unranked Iowa at the Insight Bowl capped off one of the most disappointing seasons in Oklahoma’s storied history and also put the Sooners’ in some not-so-illustrious company.
Ranked No. 19 entering the game, Oklahoma will become only the third preseason No. 1 ranked team in the last 27 years that finished the season ranked outside the top 10 in the final AP poll. The others, according to collegepollarchive.com were Georgia, which finished No. 13 in 2008, and Penn State, finishing No. 16 in 1997.The Sooners’ slide can be attributed to several factors: season-ending injuries to leading receiver Ryan Broyles and rusher Dom Whaley, transfers and a couple of head-scratching losses. The 41-38 defeat to Texas Tech as a four-touchdown favorite was the worst upset loss in Stoops’ career and OU’s 44-10 beat down by Oklahoma State was the most points the Sooners allowed to the Cowboys since 1945.