Bob Stoops takes another shot at the SEC, calls out the league’s defenses

Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma squad has opened the 2013 season at 4-0. The Sooners have moved up to the No. 10 spot in the nation on the strength of a good defense and the abilities of quarterback Blake Bell.

Of course, OU is not the only place in the world with a great quarterback. Stoops understands that defenses are struggling against superstar quarterback play nationwide.

“A few years ago we [the Big 12] had all the quarterbacks and now all of a sudden we can play a little better defense and some other people can’t play defense,” said Stoops. “Funny how people can’t play defense when there’s pro-style quarterbacks over there.”

After Georgia and LSU piled up the points in a 44-41 shootout, the nation learned that the SEC boasts at least two elite signal-callers in Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger – not to mention Alabama’s A.J. McCarron and reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

At first, it doesn’t look like Stoops was talking about the SEC, per se. However, the man has been paying attention to the conference that has dominated his own for the last decade.

Close attention.

“How’s that happening playing all those SEC defenses?” Stoops asked the reporters. “I still don’t know how A&M was third in the country in total offense and scoring offense playing all those SEC defenses. I have no idea how that happened.”

“Oh, they’ve got a quarterback, that’s right.”

Hammer dropped, folks!

We thought Stoops might have focused in on his own team’s issues as the season kicked off, but it wasn’t meant to be. The man just sounds like he’s got himself a bad case of SEC envy. Remember, this is the same guy that called the publicization of the SEC “propaganda” over the offseason and the the Big 12 was even a better league, top to bottom, then their rival conference.

A few more wins, however, and perhaps he can finally let it go.

[H/T: FTW]

  • Danny Mann

    For starters, the Big 12 was not strong from top to bottom last year as Coach Stoops claims, they were mediocre. Unfortunately, Stoops confused parity with strength. The Big 12 was fairly consistent from top to bottom last year. To bad having parity from top to bottom doesn’t mean much when everyone is bad. For proof, look no farther than the Big 12 “co-champions”. The league’s 2 best teams from a year ago were both embarrassed in their bowl games.

    Second, OK state’s loss last week really crushes any argument that the Big 12 is a quality league this year. Right now it looks like the entire Big 12 (POSSIBLE exceptions Baylor, Oklahoma, and TT) are clustered at the back end of the CFB strength scatter plot. Three possibly “OK” (pun intended) teams doesn’t make for a strong conference.

    Finally, Oklahoma, might actually be good this year, but it will take more than beating a ND team that should have never been ranked to convince me. Any talk of them having re-emerged should probably wait until they have actually beaten a team with some substance. (no, Texas next week won’t count 🙂

    Best of luck, keep playing, and let’s evaluate at the end of the year.

    • toddskin

      Seriously? Just about every league has 3 (4 tops) productive top 25 teams with the rest being trash.

      ACC: Flordia State, and Clemson. The rest = Trash.
      Pac-12: Oregon, Stanford, and maybe Washington. The rest = Trash.
      Big10: lol
      SEC: Alabama… LSU has looked very mediocre at times, Georgia who normally look great almost lost to the Vols (but I’ll give them that cause !@#$ happens), and A&M. Thats 3, the rest = Trash. South Carolina has looked awful lately. Mizzou is about to start losing to just about everyone else.

      Big12: Oklahoma, Baylor, and TT (who are good but not great imo). The rest = Trash.

  • jimmy sexton

    Seems like Stoops spends more of his time worrying about the SEC than anything else.

    • toddskin

      No, everyone outside the Southeast hates the SEC and is tired of the media bias (especially among the journalists). When you have people constantly dismissing your lively-hood and your league simply because this “defense wins championships” BS going around. The guy is justified to lash out and call it like he sees it.

  • bkrobertson

    I’m guessing that he was asked a question and that was his response. I doubt he just tossed out these statements for the fun of it.

  • William Swartz Jr

    When “Big Game” Bob can field a team capapble of beating the SEC, then he can feel free to talk smack, until then he and the rest of the Big-12 shouldn’t run their soup coolers….They have a pretty piss-poor record against SEC teams when it matters…

  • Agdoc

    What happened in the SEC? Simple. When you’re getting stuffed year after year by smash mouth defenses, you change your game to counter them. Ole Miss, Miss St and now A&M have introduced a new style of offense, namely the pass-heavy, quick attack, no huddle style designed to overcome front-heavy D. The exact opposite is happening in the Big 12–teams were simply getting overwhelmed by that same style of fast attack O, so there’s a new emphasis on defense. The game cycles constantly, and programs either adapt or die.

    • toddskin

      Tell that to Baylor

  • BigTen Fan J

    I visit OKC a lot for work. I am sorry to say, the obsession with OU that the state of OK has is undeserved. OU was great in its heyday, but is just an average team now (see ND). The problem is scheduling. Bob Stoops pads the schedule with creampuffs to make OU look seem like a top 10 team to the local folks who bleed Big Red. The reason they lose big games is the fact they are just not that good. If OU nation wants to really know where it is, and maybe learn how to make the necessary adjustments to be great again, OU NEEDS TO PLAY BETTER TEAMS! If they start scheduling preseason, early season, and midseason tests, they might actually be ready for the final exam.

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