Very few teams have the ability to wear the target all season and survive. When you are the target, you get everyone’s best. There is not time for mediocrity and no time for delayed starts. For most teams out there, preseason number one is a curse. Usually the schedule starts too soft and people’s perception of you gets tainted or you struggle out of the box and people start to doubt you.
The key for Stoops and the Sooners is to play to win the games. They shouldn’t worry about margin of victory, how they looked winning, and run up scores leaving starters in too long. Good coaches know that if you are pre season number one and you go undefeated, you are likely to be in the national championship game even if you win every game by one point.
Oklahoma is loaded but I often wonder are they legit. I am not sure I would pick them to win it all just yet. The thing about pre season polls they are based on what everyone expects. I don’t know how much time the offensive line has spent in the weight room this off season. I am not sure Landry Jones can make all of the throws. I am not sure the secondary can hold up against quality receivers.
Honestly people should accept pre season for what it is… In fact there shouldn’t even be a poll until week three of the season. Let people see what other teams have and then put them in order. Undeserving teams stay high in polls because people don’t want to admit they made a mistake in picking that team to be great early in the season. Teams like Boise and TCU have been penalized because they start too low in the polls and they can’t climb to the top fast enough to get to the number one or two positions before the season ends.
Based on last year alone, you can’t put a grade on who deserves to be number one. I have watched about every bowl game at least twice and I have to say that a senior, or an early NFL draftee made such a contribution in about game, you can’t really judge what is returning. Do you put a team at the top because they have a solid recruiting class? Texas had one of the best recruiting classes ever last season and yet Mack Brown had his first losing season as leader of the Longhorns.
All that being said, I am not saying Oklahoma won’t do it. Honestly I hope they do. I'm just speaking from history. The SEC will probably still have something to say about the national championship. I am just saying that maybe Oklahoma isn’t what people think they are. It will be interesting to see if they can hush all of the critics, or make the critics look smarter than the experts.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!