Przybylo: Just one more thing

Out of the race for any sort of championship, what is to come for the rest of OU's season?

Before we turn the page to playing at Texas Tech for Oklahoma, let’s take one more look at the week that was.

Let’s look at just one more thing.

Where will OU go from here?

Nobody thought we would be asking this question in August and definitely didn’t feel like this would be a topic of conversation in September.

But here we are in the second week of November with no idea what’s to come in the final four weeks of OU’s regular season.

OU didn’t just lose to Baylor 48-14 at home Saturday, it’s pride took a hit as the Bears scored the final 45 points of the game.

OU coach Bob Stoops has never been and never will be a guy that calls out his players or coaches, but Saturday’s postgame might have been the most agitated he has ever been.

“Our execution was poor,” Stoops said. “There wasn’t anybody out there stopping, quitting, that wasn’t the case. We didn’t execute very well and got whipped.

“I take full responsibility. It all starts with me so I didn’t do a good enough job. I’m a lot of things, but I’m not going to sit here and express them to you so you guys can have headlines and all of that.”

For the first time maybe ever in Stoops’ time at OU, there seems to be real unrest. Not the kind generated by delusional fans after every loss. But a real growing concern from a solid portion of the fan base about what’s going on in Norman.

Through Stoops’ first 12 seasons, OU was 72-2 at home. Since 2011, the Sooners are 17-4 and have now lost back-to-back home games for the first time since Stoops took over in 1999.

A team predicted by most to contend for the national championship is now ranked No. 24 in the coaches poll and is on the outside looking in with the AP poll for the first time since the end of the 2009 season.

“First and foremost, don’t pay attention to outside noise,” co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “At the end of the day, preseason predictions and where you are today, what you are going to be called today and next week, are things we don’t have control over.

“What we have control over is on the field. This is something we talk, preach to our players every single day. We are going to find out what we are made of.”

The Sooners sit at 6-3 and 3-3 in conference play. Based on the schedule, it’s highly assumed OU will run the table (at Texas Tech, home vs. Kansas and home vs. Oklahoma State) and end up with a chance at another 10-win season in its bowl game.

It will only come, however, after the biggest gut check a Stoops-led team has ever faced. So much talent on both sides of the ball, but OU has failed to put together a complete game.

The Sooners have zero wins against ranked teams. When the competition rose, OU faltered as all three of its losses are teams ranked in the top 15.

“We’ve just got to keep balling,” sophomore linebacker Dominique Alexander said. “We’re still the University of Oklahoma. We can’t just lie down for anybody. We’ve just got to keep going out there and preparing the right way and get some wins.”

OU isn’t projected to face another ranked team this regular season. The spotlight is no longer on the crimson and cream. Dreams of any kind of championship are gone, left only with thoughts of what might have been.

It’s not time to turn the page to 2015 yet, but it’s a cloudy future right now in Norman.

“Every aspect of the game we got beat,” sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez said. “And it’s not acceptable by any means, especially here. Something has to change, and we have to fix a lot of things.”


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