Bob Stoops may be a modern day prophet. At least when it comes to football. Since last season he has talked about "SEC propaganda" which seems to have convinced the sports media that there is an aura of invincibility hovering over the teams of that conference which includes two-time defending national champion Alabama. And while may sports experts laughed when the Alabama-OU matchup was announced in the Sugar Bowl, Stoops only smiled.
"Big Game Bob" was going to get his come-uppance against mighty Alabama for speaking those words of heresy against the SEC by having to take the field against the Crimson Tide and be humiliated by maybe 30 or 40 points or maybe more. Bama coach Nick Saban was going to teach Stoops a lesson in humility.
After all, an angry Saban even said on camera that, "I've got more important things to do than talk about what Bob Stoops says!"
What chance did the Sooners have in this one? Stoops couldn't even make up his mind about who his starting quarterback would be until gametime while two-time Alabama All-American A.J. McCarron was going to throw touchdown passes on a regular basis when the Tide running backs weren't sprinting through the OU defense.
Everyone (that includes ESPN) pegged this one as a slaughter. Why the SEC was so good that a few years ago the sports experts voted to let two of their members LSU and Alabama play in the national championship game. All those other conferences in the land were too inferior to even compete. Or so the conventional wisdom went.
Maybe that "propaganda" was somewhat destroyed in last night's Sugar Bowl when OU thrashed Alabama 45-31 behind the brilliant play of quarterback Trevor Knight who didn't even start most of OU's games this year due to injuries and Blake Bell (the Belldozer). Knight bombarded the Crimson Tide secondary like they were a......well.....a team from one of those other inferior conferences maybe. Certainly not a team from the invincible SEC.
Knight threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the rout which Alabama once led 7-0 before the Sooners imposed their dominance. Knight brought OU back with a 45-yard pass to Lacoltan Bester and then a 43-yard pass to Jalen Saunders. By halftime the lead had grown to 31-17 and the Tide could never catch up after that.
The victory was clinched by the OU defense when linebacker Eric Striker sacked McCarron. The ball came loose and Geneo Grissom alertly picked it up to score the game's final touchdown. The Sooner defenders also snagged two interceptions and recovered a fumble to further frustrate the Alabama offense.
So does this one game prove Bob Stoops was right when he said "SEC propaganda" had brainwashed all the so-called sports analysts around the country that their teams were superior to everyone else? Only time will tell. The fact the SEC didn't have a single undefeated team this year tends to lend credence to Stoops' comments.
People who are weary of having SEC teams rated above teams in other conferences simply because of the media hype certainly took some pleasure in OU's victory last night. And Bob Stoops certainly got the last laugh on ESPN's experts who proclaimed the SEC an invincible conference.
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