Team preview: Oklahoma

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 16, 2005
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Two years ago, Oklahoma went 12-0 in the regular season only to lose its two biggest games of the year, the Big 12 Championship and the BCS National Championship.

Last season, the Sooners went one step farther, smoking Colorado, 42-3, in the Big 12 title game after another perfect regular season (the school's 11th since 1938).

But once again, OU came up short on the game's biggest stage. And this time, it wasn't even close. Southern Cal's 55-19 rout of the Sooners in the FedEx Orange Bowl raised plenty of eyebrows across the nation's heartland.

Entering the 2005 campaign, the Sooner Nation has high hopes that after falling in the National Championship Game for two straight seasons, the third time will be a charm. However, skeptics point out that this is not the same type of Oklahoma team as in recent years past.


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