Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Challenged at home? OU always answers
By David Ubben
So, you think Oklahoma's tough to beat at home? You have no idea. It's even harder if you're a good team. No. 15 Kansas State comes to town this weekend, and history will not be on the 'Cats side.
This is some crazy, crazy stuff, folks. In nearly a decade and a half under Bob Stoops, only one ranked team has come within single digits of the Sooners at home.
You've got to be kidding me. Stoops' Oklahoma teams have beaten ranked teams by an average of 28.2 points at home. Only four teams have come within 14 points. Eight of those wins were by at least 25 points.
The best part of that lone single-digit win? It was a Bill Snyder-coached Kansas State team, and it was a one-point loss. another Snyder-coached team comes to town on Saturday.
Here's how those 14 wins broke down:
All five of Oklahoma's games vs. top 25 teams were on neutral sites (Texas) or on the road (Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Florida State
With its first-ever trip to the BCS at stake, No. 11 Oklahoma State came to Norman and left as 27-0 losers. Worth noting: Starting quarterback Zac Robinson's shoulder was injured, and he tried to play anyway.
No. 2 Oklahoma rolled over No. 24 TCU, 35-10.
No. 4 Oklahoma beat No. 16 Kansas, 45-31.
No. 5 Oklahoma embarrassed undefeated No. 2 Texas Tech, 65-21. The Red Raiders had previously beaten No. 1 Texas and were in the national title hunt. The Sooners' win was the third in a string of five games scoring at least 60 points.
No. 6 Oklahoma ended No. 11 Missouri's undefeated season with a 41-31 win. The Sooners beat the Tigers again in the Big 12 title game (38-17) when Missouri was No. 1 and playing for a spot in the national title game.
All six of Oklahoma's games vs. ranked teams were either on neutral sites (Texas, Nebraska, Boise State) or on the road (Oregon, Missouri, Texas A&M)
All three of Oklahoma's games vs. ranked teams were on neutral sites (Texas, Oregon) or on the road (Texas Tech).
Oklahoma was No. 2 in every poll all season long, but its only games vs. ranked teams were on neutral sites (Texas, Southern Cal) or on the road (Oklahoma State, Texas A&M)
No. 1 Oklahoma easily dispatched of No. 24 Missouri, 34-13.
The Sooners were also No. 1 when they demolished No. 14 Oklahoma State, 52-9.
No. 2 Oklahoma destroyed No. 9 Iowa State, 49-3.
No. 2 Oklahoma didn't make it much easier on No. 13 Colorado with a 27-11 win. That gave Oklahoma three wins over top 25 teams in three weeks, dating back to a 35-24 win over No. 3 Texas in Dallas two weeks earlier.
No. 4 Oklahoma rolled over No. 24 Texas Tech, 60-15.
No. 3 Oklahoma narrowly beat No. 11 Kansas State, 38-37. That's the closest any team has come to beating Oklahoma at home as a ranked team, and the only team to come within single digits.
No. 3 Oklahoma beat No. 1 Nebraska 31-14 in one of Bob Stoops' best wins ever and his breakout win as Sooners' coach. Oklahoma finished the season as a 13-0 national champion.
Oklahoma went just 7-5 this season, but the home dominance was already in place. The unranked Sooners beat No. 13 Texas A&M, 51-6.