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BIG 12 PREGAME - Berry Tramel continues his look at the upcoming Big 12 bowl games with a quick look at the conference's coach on the hot seat: Bob Stoops. If the Sooners lose to Iowa in the Insight Bowl, things could intensify for Stoops.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 24, 2011
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Fans, media and even coaches sometimes discount the importance of bowl games. They treat it almost like an exhibition game.

They often find out differently. All bowl games are important, if only for the most fundamental of reasons: it's the last game.

Which brings us to the Insight Bowl, which has very little appeal nationally and even has OU fans yawning, even though this is the first Sooner game against a Big Ten foe in 14 years and just the second game against the Big Ten since 1986.

Lose this game, and Sooner fans will get interested quick. It's been a bad year for Stoops. Players unfocused and defecting. Calls for staff changes.

Beating Iowa won't change much of the perception. But losing to Iowa will intensify the cry for Stoops to do something.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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