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The Main Event: The pulse of Oklahoma fans

Would Sooner fans rather win the Big 12 or beat Texas? What will be a reasonable number of losses this season? What bowl game is OU going to this season? Here's what 101 Sooner fans said about these questions and more.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, STAFF WRITER, MBALDWIN@OPUBCO.COM Modified: August 16, 2010 at 8:42 am •  Published: August 15, 2010

photo - Wide receiver Ryan Broyles was voted the best player on the Sooner team this season according to a poll of 101 fans. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Wide receiver Ryan Broyles was voted the best player on the Sooner team this season according to a poll of 101 fans. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

Like coach Bob Stoops, the majority of Oklahoma football fans would rather win a Big 12 title than defeat Texas if forced to choose between the two. But the fact 43 percent chose beating the Longhorns is evidence Sooner fans are frustrated Texas has won four of the last five Red River meetings.

The Oklahoman polled 101 OU fans. Expectations are high.

Asked to pick "a reasonable" win-loss record, nearly 60 percent chose either an undefeated or one-loss season. Five out of six predict two losses or less.

Nearly 80 percent see the Sooners playing in either the BCS title game or the Fiesta Bowl.

Wide receiver Ryan Broyles and running back DeMarco Murray were the runaway winners in the "best player" and "favorite player" voting.

Most OU fans have no problem if Bedlam is moved from Thanksgiving Saturday to the first week of December if the Big 12 doesn't have a playoff next season. But some want the Thanksgiving tradition to continue.

If the Big 12 added two teams, Arkansas and TCU were the overwhelming choices. But OU fans like to dream. Notre Dame finished third. Houston, Memphis, Boise State and BYU were realistic options, but six SEC teams received three or more votes. Florida received eight votes.

Sooner fans would prefer the Big 12 remains than to have Pac-16 talks resurface, but several fans are intrigued by joining the West Coast league.

1. Would you rather win the Big 12 or beat Texas?

Win Big 12 (57 percent)

Beat Texas (43 percent)

"Win the Big 12 because that still screws Texas." — Scott Brown, Moore.

"Beat Texas. We're tired of driving back from Texas after another loss." — Steve Wright, Norman.

"Win the Big 12. One game shouldn't define a season." Myron Pope, Edmond.

"It's all about beating Texas. Winning the Big 12 is great and all, but you've got to beat Texas." — Matt Johnson, Lawton.

"I'd rather do both. But if you're making me pick one we're about winning championships." — Clay Murdock, Norman.

"Got to beat Texas. Tired of losing that game. I don't care about any other game." — Alan Verser, Chickasha.

"Big 12 title. For the trophy. Stoops is here to win championships." — Jeremy Alvarado, Oklahoma City.

"Beat Texas. Hate 'em. Living in Texas only makes it worse." — Richie Dunn, Benbrook, Texas.

2. What is a reasonable W-L record for this season?

Undefeated (30 percent)

1 loss (29 percent)

2 losses (27 percent)

3 losses (12 percent)

4 losses (2 percent)

"12-0. We've got the depth this year. A lot of guys got experience last year. I like it because there's no huge standout star." — Jeff Hanoch, Broken Arrow.

"Undefeated. Defense wins championships." — Jeremy Morgan.

"11-1. I just think somewhere along the line we might get a bad break. It could come down to special teams, and I'm not sure we have the kicker." — Brian Johnson, Oklahoma City.

"10-2. You never know about Texas. We also have some tough road games." — Matt Rice, Norman.

"9-3. They lost a lot of good players, three of the first four in the draft. Those type of players are hard to replace." — Andrew Deason, Moore.

3. Big 12 or Pac-16?

Big 12 (72 percent)

Pac-16 (24 percent)

x-SEC (4 percent)

x-declined two options

"I kind of like the Pac-16. It would put us in a good, secure spot for a long time and you get to play schools like USC, UCLA, Arizona and Oregon." — Steve Wright, Moore.

"Big 12 for selfish reasons. I don't like to watch football games that start at 10 p.m., and I like to go to games. It's kind of nice to buzz over to Lubbock for a game." — Kevin Adkinson, Tishomingo.

"Until you're forced to change, stay with what's working. I don't think we would have been left out anyway. Our program is so solid I don't think we'll ever be on the outside looking in." — Craig Stevens, Edmond.

"I'd rather see us go to the SEC if we're going to go anywhere. As a football fan, I want to see the best games possible. You want to win 'em all, but as a fan I just want to see good games, not blowouts." — Charles Milligan, Midwest City.

"Way too much tradition to leave the Big 12 behind." — Taren Greathouse, Ardmore.

"The Pac-10 is becoming more prestigious than the Big 12. Once you take Nebraska and Colorado out of the Big 12, the league kind of starts to lose its shine." — Jeff Duncan, Fort Worth.

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