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Big 12 title no consolation prize for Sooners

Winning the Big 12 is not a consolation prize for OU. The Sooners want Bedlam just like any other year.

It was less than two weeks ago where Oklahoma had to start feeling like the college football playoff chips were falling its favor.

Loss after upset loss. The pieces were coming together as the Sooners kept rattling off win impressive win after another.

But then the pieces didn’t fit. The upset losses didn’t occur. And dreams of a berth in the four-team showdown for a second straight year feel almost completely dashed.

At least that’s how some view the season. Don’t go for one second and tell OU coach Bob Stoops that a win in Bedlam, which would mean a 10th Big 12 championship during his time in Norman, is a consolation prize.

“Never. Never, never, never. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to cut you off,” said Stoops when asked about it Monday. “The Big 12 championship, to me is always your primary goal to start with because it’s not easy to do, and I mean any conference champion. It was that way when I at Florida. That was where it all began. Same with K-State, to win that game was really special and never a consolation.”

So the goal remains the conference but the cherry on top of the sundae would be the national championship. But it’s hard to have the national championship without the conference if history tells us anything.

“It’s what everybody is striving for first, and then if you can be a national championship beyond it, sure, then that just adds to it,” Stoops said.


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