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No one would argue that the Southeastern Conference is the gold standard for college football over the past decade. And no one would argue that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops doesn’t mind tweaking the SEC from time to time.
Last year, after Oklahoma defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Stoops did not sound like a coach falling in line with the status quo. Alabama coach Nick Saban likened that Sugar Bowl to a “consolation game.” Stoops responded that it sure didn’t feel like a consolation game when Alabama scored on the first drive and took an early lead. In the same interview he tweaked the SEC for its overall schedule, taking a hit at Texas A&M for its non-conference schedule (Lamar, Rice, SMU and Louisiana Monroe) and comparing the Aggies’ eight conference games to Oklahoma’s nine.
“We have nine conference games and we’re playing Tennessee,” Stoops said last year. “In a few years we have Ohio State, we just came off a series with Notre Dame and Florida State. So that’s like 10 conference games. If you’re playing a tough non-conference schedule to go with nine [Big 12] games, that’s a tough schedule.”