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Bob Stoops, OU have an excellent chance to end their BCS drought

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm •  Published: December 5, 2010

photo - Sure, Connecticut finished the season on a five-game winning streak. It also lost to Temple and Rutgers. AP PHOTO
Sure, Connecticut finished the season on a five-game winning streak. It also lost to Temple and Rutgers. AP PHOTO

The Huskies are a nice story. Division I-A only since 2000. In Big East football only since 2004. No previous bowl game bigger than the 2007 Meineke Car Bowl, in which Wake Forest beat UConn, 24-10.

But Connecticut is a team no better than, say, Kansas State or Texas Tech. UConn is one win ahead of those 7-5 teams, against a weaker schedule.

Do you like K-State's or Tech's chances against the Sooners on a neutral field?

Now, if somehow the Orange Bowl had lost its mind and allowed fourth-ranked Stanford to drop to the Fiesta, this task would look a little different. Stoops could be facing the potential of a six-game BCS losing streak.

Of course, maybe Stoops deserves such a free pass to end his BCS drought. Look at what his team has done the past three weeks.

A 53-24 victory at new-life Baylor. A 47-41 win at Stillwater over a top-10 team. A 23-20 gut-check over Nebraska.

That's as good a homestretch as any team in America. Survive that trio, and a team has earned a restful vacation. Which UConn appears to be for Stoops and the Sooners.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

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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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