Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, a man hardly known for his quotes, recently gave an astute response all coaches should repeat in similar circumstances. Tressel and the Buckeyes were being chastised for losing five straight games against teams ranked in the Top 5 heading into last month’s game against USC. Asked if such heavy criticism was fair, Tressel responded, "It’s fact, so it’s fair.” So where does this leave Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops? Is he indeed worthy of his "Big Game Bob” moniker? Let’s take a look: A.) Stoops is 4-6 in bowl games; has been beaten in his last three national championship appearances; and has lost five straight BCS bowl games. He is 0-1 against Notre Dame, Mississippi, LSU, USC, Boise State, West Virginia, Florida and Brigham Young. B.) Stoops also is 111-18 (.860) against everybody else, has claimed the last three Big 12 championships and won six conference title games in seven appearances. These are facts, so they’re fair. The "Big Game Bob” debate commences when critics acknowledge point A more than point B, and supporters lean on point B more than point A. Both parties need to meet more toward the middle. Sooner fans were so appreciative when "No Excuses Bob” first came to save the day. They wanted the Howard Schnellenberger and John Blake regimes stricken from memory. Fans longed for glory days and Stoops promptly delivered, but what once was so sweet has lately turned sour. In only his second season, Stoops — like Tressel — went undefeated and won the national championship. For the remainder of his coaching existence, the best Stoops can do is match that feat. There is no exceeding it. With no national crown since 2000, some who once supported Stoops now curse his name. Perhaps they need a refresher course in OU football, circa 1995-1998, when the Sooners went a combined 17-27-1 with no bowl games. My intent here is not to defend Stoops. I know better. Surely by now you all realize Stoops can speak for himself and prefers no one else dare try. With Saturday night’s 21-20 loss at Miami, any chance for this year’s national title is long gone (see point A). And yet, OU remains alive for a fourth straight Big 12 crown (see point B). One last tidbit before we close: How a coach does against ranked opponents is a solid gauge as to whether he is worthy of Big Game status. Though Stoops has now lost three straight games against ranked opponents, he is still 33-15 (.688) overall with the Sooners. Based on how they feel about Stoops right now, some OU fans must have been livid at Bud Wilkinson (.606) for how he did against ranked opponents. Barry Switzer (.662) also sits behind Stoops. That’s right, Stoops is ahead of Switzer and Wilkinson against ranked opponents. It’s fact, so it’s fair. John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.