“We've got an OU flag we're trying to carry, too,” Stoops said Tuesday. “How many flags can you carry? We've got a lot of pride. We want to play well, too.”
Again, there's a Big 12/SEC difference. The SEC has created a culture of self-promotion. From its coaches talking about how tough is every week in the SEC (even though Alabama played Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi State in successive weeks this season), to its fans chanting “SEC! SEC!,” the league has fostered a superiority complex.
SEC schools fly the SEC flag.
Thus when a newcomer joins the league and has immediate success, to the tune of a Heisman and an upset in Tuscaloosa and a 10-2 record, to the tune of 39 points and 546 total yards a game in conference play, the plot is portrayed as the Aggies getting with the program and stepping up their game in the tall grass of the SEC.
But in 2011, A&M had a quarterback who became a first-round draft pick and now starts for a team that remains in AFC playoff contention, and those Aggies averaged 39 points and 484 total yards a game in conference play, yet finished 4-5 in the Big 12.
“They weren't great, but they were always pretty good,” OU defensive end David King said of A&M in the Big 12. “It's good to see that … go to the SEC and do all the things they have done.”
The Aggies have done too much. They played their way into the Cotton Bowl, and now they offer the Sooners little bounty. The Big 12 will get no credit should OU be fortunate enough to win.
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