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State of Oklahoma having the season of its dreams a year late

Columnist Jenni Carlson writes that both OU and OSU entered last season with visions of grandeur and didn't achieve their championship dreams. This season is shaping up to be the one everyone expected a year ago.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm •  Published: October 11, 2010

An Oklahoma State assistant told of the Old Testament tale during pregame chapel last week.

Cowboys and Sooners alike should take heed of the story of Moses and Joshua.

Everyone knows about Moses, he of the burning bush and the Ten Commandments, he of "Let my people go" fame.

But Joshua?

He isn't as well-known. He was understudy to Moses, and even though Moses had been the chosen one expected to take the people to the promise land, Joshua was the one who ultimately led them there.

He had his doubters.

"If Moses couldn't do it," people asked, "why would we think you could?"

Now, you may be wondering what any of this spiritual storytelling has to do with football, particularly the two big programs in our fair state.

Allow Cowboy defensive end Richetti Jones to pick up the analogy.

"The people outside of our organization ... they thought that the team last year was supposed to take us to the championship," he said. "But we didn't make it."

No promised land for the chosen one.

But now?

"Everyone outside of our organization wasn't expecting us to be 5-0," Jones said.

Yet that's exactly where the Cowboys are, undefeated and rising in the rankings as they head into the heart of conference play. That's something last year's team couldn't say. That's something this year's team wasn't expected to be able to say.

Ditto for the Sooners.

Our fair state has two of the remaining 13 undefeated teams in college football. No other state can claim more than one. Regardless of your affiliation, crimson or orange, this is a magical start to your season.

This is the start that your team was supposed to have last year.

This is the season of our dreams — a year late.

You remember the preseason hype of a year ago. Both teams had serious star power — Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Jermaine Gresham and Trent Williams in Norman, Zac Robinson, Russell Okung and Dez Bryant in Stillwater — and both the Sooners and the Cowboys thought their team had talent that could carry it to a title.

By this time last year, all of that hype and hope had fallen apart.

At OU, Gresham suffered a season-ending knee injury before the season even kicked off, then Bradford was knocked out not once but twice by shoulder injuries.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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