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Oklahoma football had one heck of a decade in the 2000s

Sure, they 'ought' to have been better, but with a national title, the most Big 12 Conference titles and the best conference record, Sooner fans don't have much to complain about
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 30, 2010 at 10:53 am •  Published: August 29, 2010

The first decade of the 2000s is over, and Oklahoma football can play what-if.

What if the Sooners had beaten Florida in the Big Bowl two years ago? OU would have the most national championships of the decade.

What if the Sooners hadn't been snookered by Boise State in that Fiesta Bowl classic four seasons ago? OU would have the most victories in the decade.

What if the Sooners had not shockingly lost to Kansas State in the 2003 Big 12 title game? OU would have the most conference titles, any league, in the decade.

But enough what ifs. Florida had two outright national titles to OU's one. Boise State had 112 victories, besting the 110 by OU and Texas. And OU's six conference championships are nipped by Boise State's 61/2 in the WAC.

You know what you call that? A heck of a decade by the Sooners.

"I'm not one to rank 'em, but I've been very pleased in many areas with what we've been able to do," Bob Stoops said. "I'm very aware of the fact we have done well.

"You want to do better. You always do. You always want to move up. I do, everyone in this program does."

Before the Sooners embark on their second decade of the 21st century, maybe it's time to reflect on the first, a 10-year period in which Stoops restored the luster to one of the game's finest traditions.

"We're so focused on the future, we rarely get a chance to look back," said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione. "It is remarkable, knowing how tough it is to compete at this level."

Sure, the Sooners' BCS record is maddening. Five straight losses in the bowls that matter most, including three in national title games.

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by Berry Tramel
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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