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Bob Stoops has many questions to answer this week

by Michael Baldwin Modified: July 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm •  Published: July 24, 2011

When Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops meets the Big 12 media on Tuesday, he'll be asked:

* Was Texas' 5-7 finish an aberration?

* Will the season finale, a road game at Oklahoma State, be for the Big 12 title on the weekend the league championship game used to be played?

* Ranked No. 1 or 2 in preseason polls, what are the Sooners' chances of winning a national title?

Another hot topic will be a high profile, early season test at Florida State.

A trendy pick by preseason publications to win the ACC, Florida State is ranked in the top 10 in most preseason polls.

For the first time since the 1990s, there's talk the Seminoles can contend for a national title.

The Sooners dominated FSU 47-17 last season in Norman. But road rematches sometimes have been trouble for the Sooners (see chart).

OU dominated Texas A&M (2009), Nebraska (2008), Texas Tech (2008), Miami (2007), Colorado (2006), Oregon (2004) and UCLA (2003) at home but lost road rematches.

Since the calendar flipped to 2005, OU is 36-1 on Owen Field, 26-19 away from home, 16-10 in true road games.

The Sooners quieted road struggles talk with wins at Baylor and Oklahoma State en route to capturing their seventh Big 12 title under Stoops. But OU has never lost in Waco, Texas, and has won the past four meetings in Stillwater.

That's why a Sept. 17 showdown at Doak-Campbell Stadium will reveal a lot about an experienced team's chances of contending for a national title.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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