When Oklahoma's new Big 12 schedule first came out, most everyone pointed to a rigid November stretch. But in reality, the three-game stretch that will determine whether the Sooners are contenders or pretenders begins this weekend.
New Oklahoma Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops wants redemption for his players after they finished 55th in the country in total defense last season. He also wants to be redeemed for his own failures at Arizona.
The Oklahoma Sooners went out and got their man, adding a commitment from four-star Texas quarterback Cody Thomas. Thomas chose OU over offers from Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Auburn and others.
The Sooners have been outscored 507-418 in the second half of their 13 conference games and can look back at poor second half performances as the reason for several losses including Kansas, Texas Tech and, most recently, Texas.