COLUMN: OU needs to play to own level, not opponents'
Evin Morrison, The Oklahoma Daily
In the wake of Kansas State’s 24-19 upset victory against the OU football team, many fans have been left wondering what happened.
What happened Saturday night is the same problem that has plagued OU for the past three seasons: Complacency reared its ugly head and knocked OU off of its high horse.
Two years ago, the OU started the season 6-0 and were ranked as high as third in the country before being upset by No. 18 Missouri in Columbia.
Last year, the Sooners also started the season 6-0 and was ranked No. 3 before being upset at home by unranked Texas Tech.
This year was yet another chance to possibly play for a national championship, but that chance is most likely gone after losing to Kansas State.
In all three of these seasons, OU has had the talent to be absolutely dominant.
OU simply needs to start playing up to its talent level instead of playing to the level of its opponents.
Lots of people place the blame on different scapegoats within the team, such as Landry Jones, Bob Stoops and even departed offensive and defensive coordinators, Kevin Wilson and Brent Venables.
The reality of the situation is that there is a problem with the entire team’s structure.
One player doesn’t cause a team to lose to a massive underdog. One coach doesn’t turn a potential blowout into a loss.
The root of these losses is located somewhere within the team as a whole.
It seems as if the Sooners’ attitude is along the lines of, “We’re OU, so we’ll just roll to a 30-point win,” or, “It’s a home game, so we can just worry about next week.”
This cannot continue if the Sooners are to get back to the highest echelon of the college football world.
The team needs to collectively treat every game as if it is the national championship.
If Oklahoma doesn’t treat each game like it is something of the utmost importance, it is just asking to be upset.
Fortunately, this loss was early in the season and there is still plenty of time for the Sooners to come back and possibly win the Big 12 or go to a BCS bowl.
However, unless something changes in the team’s culture and OU stops overlooking teams just because it is better on paper, it’s not going to happen.
Complacency is killer, and it’s something the Sooners should keep in mind.
Garrett Holt is a journalism sophomore. You can follow him on Twitter at @GarrettHolt_.