Coming off such an emotional game like Texas, it’s easy to wonder if Oklahoma is headed for the dreaded letdown.
Not to say the Sooners won’t prepare hard for Kansas State, but there is so much vested in the showdown at the Cotton Bowl.
OU’s track record after Texas is pretty spotless. The Sooners only have one loss, coincidentally at home vs. Kansas State in 2014.
The record is nice, but it’s clear why OU usually scheduled Iowa State or Kansas after the Red River Showdown, it’s tough to bounce back.
But Bob Stoops is confident his guys will.
“We’ve had a lot of good wins throughout the years,” Stoops said. “I think our track record is pretty decent after them. Bottom line is it’s a new week, new game. We have so much to improve on that’s what we have to push in practice to make that improvement.”
That might be what ends up helping the Sooners most heading into Saturday’s tilt with the Wildcats. OU is not a complete team by any means. Still too many mistakes on offense and defense and special teams to just coast this weekend.
But it will be a little bit of a different feel. Last year after Texas, the story was what kind of team was OU in 2015. After the upset loss, the players and coaches had something to prove.
This time around, still things to prove, but the vibe is a lot different. Nobody is sulking after wins at TCU and vs. Texas to start conference play.
The Sooners seem to have righted the ship from September, but a loss of focus vs. such a fundamentally sound club like Bill Snyder’s, it would be right back to the drawing board.
“I don’t think it’s tough at all,” linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said about bouncing back. “We always come ready to play. We love what we do and we love being around each other, we love playing for each other. We’re just as ready as we were last week and as we will be next week.”