Coaches Hot Seat Prediction and Analysis of 2012 Season: Oklahoma Sooners and Bob Stoops
Head Coach: Bob Stoops
Years at Oklahoma: 13
Hot Seat Position: #109
Overall Coaching Record: 139 – 34 (.803)
Overall Won/Loss Record at Oklahoma: 139 – 34 (.803)
Overall Conference Record at Oklahoma: 84 – 21 (.800)
2011 Oklahoma Record: Overall: 10 – 3 – Big 12: 6 – 3
2012 Oklahoma Schedule & Coaches Hot Seat Predictions
Sept 1 – at UTEP – W
Sept 8 – Florida A&M – W
Sept 22 – Kansas State – W
Oct 6 – at Texas Tech – W
Sept 13 – Texas – W
Oct 20 – Kansas – W
Oct 27 – Notre Dame – W
Nov 3 – at Iowa State – W
Nov 10 – Baylor – W
Nov 17 – at West Virginia – L
Nov 24 – Oklahoma State – W
Dec 1 – at TCU – W
Number of Cupcake Teams Played by Oklahoma in 2012: 2 (UTEP, Florida A&M)
Coaches Hot Seat 2012 Oklahoma Predicted Record: 11 – 1
Coaches Hot Seat Analysis: Bob Stoops has had a remarkable and sure-fire Hall of Fame coaching career already in 13 seasons at Oklahoma…BUT…the standard for Winning and Championships is very HIGH in Norman and Bob Stoops isn’t so much coaching against the other coaches and teams that the Sooners face each season, but rather against Oklahoma football tradition which dictates that the Sooners will WIN and WIN BIG.
Let’s compare Bob Stoops to the other two GREAT Oklahoma head football coaches in the Post World War II era which would be:
Bud Wilkinson (17 seasons at OU, 1947 – 1963)
Overall Record: 145 – 29 – 4 (.815)
Conference Record: 93 – 9 – 3 (.886)
3 National Championships
14 Conference Titles
Barry Switzer (16 seasons at OU, 1973 – 1986)
Overall Record: 157 – 29 – 4 (.826)
Conference Record: 100 – 11 – 1 (.892)
3 National Championships
12 Conference Titles
Bob Stoops (13 seasons at OU, 1999 – 2011)
Overall Record: 139 – 34 (.803)
Conference Record: 84 – 21 (.800)
1 National Championship
7 Conference Titles
Yes, Bob Stoops is one of the best coaches in the game of college football in 2012….BUT…he is still the THIRD best coach at Oklahoma since World War II and although Bud Wilkinson and Barry Switzer are some mighty fine football coaches to be keeping company with there is still a noticeable gap between Bob Stoops and Bud Wilkinson/Barry Switzer and the only way to bridge that gap is to WIN and WIN Big which at Oklahoma means…
Will 2012 be the season that Bob Stoops adds that second National Championship to his coaching resume at Oklahoma?
Well, with a very manageable schedule that includes 2 CUPCAKES in UTEP and Florida A&M to begin the season and a Semi-CUPCAKE in Notre Dame at home in Norman in Week 7 the Oklahoma football season may very well come down to….
Texas in Dallas on October 13, at West Virginia on November 17, Oklahoma State at home on November 24 and at TCU on December 1.
If Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners can WIN the four above games they have a good chance of being…
12 – 0
…come early December and with the Bogus and Un-American BCS still in place for two more seasons that probably means a ticket to the Bogus BSC national title game for the Sooners.
Hold it a second….in recent seasons under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma there have been 1 and even 2 game lapses during the regular season to teams that Oklahoma had MUCH MORE talent than like…
2011 – Texas Tech
2010 – Missouri, Texas A&M
2009 – BYU, Texas Tech
2008 – None
2007 – Colorado, Texas Tech
2006 – We would say Oregon in 2006 but the Sooners got robbed by the Pac-10 officials in Eugene and the Ducks won a game over the Sooners they had no business ever winning.
2005 – TCU, UCLA, Texas Tech
Yes, you get the picture and in 2012 Oklahoma will have more talent than ever team on its schedule save Texas who it has equal talent with and that should add up to a 11 – 1 record at worst with only a loss to the Longhorns….BUT….Bob Stoops and the OU staff now seem to be worth at least one coaching letdown a year and in 2012 we predict that it will be the game at West Virginia where the Sooners will fall and that one loss will probably keep OU out of the Bogus and Un-American BCS title game.
Our recommendation for Bob Stoops and the Sooners in 2012 if they really want to end the season undefeated at 12 – 0:
How about playing some defense this season?
Ranked 55 th in Total Defense in 2012 while giving up an average of 22.1 (Ranked 33 rd in the nation) points per game is just not good enough to WIN a Championship especially when the eventual National Champion in 2011, Alabama, gave up an average of 8.15 points per game!
In 2000 when Oklahoma won the Bogus and Un-American BCS the Sooners gave up an average of…
16 points per game
…which was ranked 7 th in the nation and if Oklahoma only gives up an average of 16 points per game in 2012 the Sooners will no doubt be…
12 – 0
…when December rolls around.
Yes, it is time for both Bob and Mike Stoops to get busy!