Bob Stoops: The SEC gap isn’t as wide as perceived
It’s May, and the SEC bias train is continually rolling to where it will hit hyper or warp speed come August. January’s championship and February’s signing day only silenced the deafening noise for a short time.
One of the SEC’s most spectacular performances in January came not only when Alabama throttled Notre Dame on the country’s biggest stage, but also when Texas A&M electrified Jerry World with a 41-13 romp over Big Game Bob and his Sooners.
While on a Sooner Caravan stop in Tulsa, Stoops eluded to fans that the ever-widening gap of the SEC and everybody else is really just a myth that trumps reality, via Tulsa World. After all, the SEC is made out of a house of cards, right?
“Well, it depends on what gap you’re talking about,” Stoops said. “What are the bottom six doing?”
Stoops was quick to point out the SEC’s ‘bottom feeders’ in an attempt to take a shot at the strength of the conference from top to bottom, which is a fair argument.
“So they’ve had the best team in college football,” Stoops said. “They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ’em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me.
“It depends on who you want to listen to,” Stoops said. “Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship. That doesn’t mean everything else is always the best.
“So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you,” he said. “You’re more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?
“What’d we (the Big 12) have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year? Again, you figure it all out.”
Stoops failed to mention the way his team folded against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl after reeling off five straight wins, nor did he mention Notre Dame throttling him at home 30-13, after which they turned right around and looked like a high school team against Alabama.
To be this dominant in a time of so much parity around college football is truly impressive. It takes luck, and it takes playing your best game on the nation’s biggest stage.
But that’s something Oklahoma and Stoops just can’t seem to figure out how to do.
This is just another entertaining attempt to point out the SEC is overrated.
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