I am really curious why the local media has been so critical of the loss to KSU. The Sooners played well enough to win that game. I know you can't blame any one person for any loss, but Bell doesn't fumble the Sooners win ceteris paribus. This is not an elite team, but all programs have years where they don't have elite teams. Ask Florida, Texas, USC, and until recently Alabama.
Things are never as bad as they seem or as great as they seem. It's the media's job to tell its readers/viewers/listeners about the team and why games went the way they did, so things will naturally seem more negative after a loss because everyone wants to know what happened. And even though it was a close loss, the KSU game still exposed some big flaws in this OU team.
And I disagree that OU played well enough to win, because any team that turns the ball over 3 times — all of which either led to KSU touchdowns or cost OU one — just flat out didn't play well enough to win. Kansas State was the better team Saturday without question.
Do you agree with Coach Stoops that OU's offensive problems are just small mistakes in various places? I mean, the loss on Saturday was ugly, but 4 plays (pass to Green, Landry Fumble, Bell fumble, Landry pick) cost OU 24 points. OU wins that game by 3 touchdowns, it's a pretty good game.
I do think there are small problems in various places that might've made a difference Saturday, but I think we'll really know more over the next stretch. At Texas Tech, the Red River game, Kansas and then Notre Dame will tell everyone a whole lot about how good this team can really be, and how bad the problems really are.