In 2008, Sam Bradford led the Oklahoma Sooners to one of the greatest seasons in college football history. While the team fell short in the national title game, during the regular season there was no one better in the nation. According to head coach Bob Stoops, this year’s Baylor Bears team reminds him of that Sooners’ squad.
With Oklahoma traveling to play Baylor on Thursday night, that is very scary.
Oklahoma averaged 51.1 points a game and scored 99 touchdowns in 2008. They scored over 50 points in nine different games. They did lose to the Texas Longhorns in the regular season, but they were so dominant they made it to the national title game anyway (similar to Alabama last season).
This season, Baylor is averaging an eye popping 63.9 points a game with 61 touchdowns so far. Stoops sees the big numbers, the fast tempo and the skill players and says that the team reminds him of his record breaking team. There is also a chance that Baylor breaks OU’s Big 12 records from 2008.
But, there is one very important thing to remember.
Texas Tech was also considered one of the best teams around and was scoring on everyone. Then, OU shut them down and beat them. The next week, the Oklahoma State Cowboys did the same thing. No one is talking about Texas Tech anymore.
There is a reason that Baylor is only ranked 6th in the BCS polls. They haven’t beaten a ranked team yet this season. They are blowing out teams like Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State and West Virginia. Their non-conference games included teams like Wofford, Buffalo and Louisiana-Monroe. Baylor is good – they are very good – but there is no way to know how good they are because they haven’t played anyone yet.
Oklahoma is their first ranked team to play this season. They face 10th ranked OU this Thursday, 25th ranked Texas Tech the next week and 14th ranked Oklahoma State the next. Then they finish with TCU and the Texas Longhorns.
There is a chance the Bears are the best team in the Big 12 and will deserve to be spoken of in the same breath as the 2008 Sooners. But, until they beat someone good, that talk is still premature.