I've been to games at Tennessee and Oregon, Alabama and Nebraska, Texas A&M and Georgia, Notre Dame and Texas. Owen Field ranks somewhere in the middle of that pack. Tennessee's probably the best I've experienced, and I wasn't even there for a big game (OSU 1995, the Cowboys stunk).
The OU crowd gets juiced for big games, and who cares about little games?
Texas Tech 2008 wasn't the first time the old stadium roared. Josh Heupel, now Stoops' offensive coordinator but once upon a time his quarterback, still remembers the feeling at the 1999 Texas A&M and 2000 Nebraska games.
“Just the loud, electric atmosphere,” Heupel said. “The Nebraska game especially, just the expectations and the opportunity that came with where we were at and hopefully going as a program.”
Stoops' softened comments Monday got a few fans sore at him again. Others said, right on. A sampling:
Katie Goff of Oklahoma City: “Maybe the team should show up with energy.”
Darryl Seger of El Reno: “OU fans have been spoiled by the free T-shirts and hot dogs at the men's basketball games at Lloyd Noble Library. Maybe the athletic department could do that for this game?”
If history is any indication, the stadium will be more midway carnival than library Saturday night.
“You'd like to see them like that every Saturday, but if you can't be every Saturday, hopefully you will be this Saturday,” Stoops told the fans.
See, he couldn't help himself. Willing to get Sooner Nation sore at him again. Told you it was a big game.
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