Here’s what we learned after Oklahoma’s 41-12 loss to Baylor.
The Sooners offense might not turn the corner: For the second consecutive loss, the Sooners offense looked terrible and quarterback Blake Bell looked even worse. OU averaged 3.43 yards per play and was 4-of-17 on third down. Bell finished 15-of-35 for 150 yards, 4.3 yards per attempt, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Sooners offense isn’t good enough to make the plays that championship offenses make. It’s just that simple.
The defense has nothing to be ashamed of: Oklahoma’s defense played better than most people expected them to against Baylor. But OU’s offense had just two drives with more than seven plays, which pushed the defense back onto the field over and over and over again. It was almost a replica of last year’s defensive performance against Baylor, a game the Sooners won 42-34 because their offense made big plays of its own. The defense held up its end of the bargain; the offense did not.
It’s time to look toward next year: If indeed the Sooners are all about Big 12 championships and national championships, as Bob Stoops likes to contend, then OU will turn its eyes toward 2014. That means all positions are open competition. The final three games will be used to find a quarterback of the future and all the talented true freshmen on the roster should get a bump in playing time.