Found November 08, 2011 on
As soon as the final gun sounded a few weeks back in the Texas Tech Red Raiders' 41-38 shocker over Oklahoma, putting a serious dent in the Sooners' national title aspirations, the four-touchdown spread was trotted out as evidence of the enormity of the upset. Even Tommy Tuberville made note of it in his postgame comments. In the subsequent fallout, pundits have pointed to the mammoth line in support of the meme that Bob Stoops' teams have a tendency to suffer inopportune letdowns against inferior competition.
Intuitively, that sounds right. But how to test that hypothesis?
We typically associate point spreads with scores, because that's how bets are made. If a team is favored by 10 points, a 31-20 win represents a cover by the favorite.
If you break down the data, however, you'll find that point spreads also correspond to the likelihood that the underdog or favorite will win outright. As you'd expect, the higher the ...
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The University of Oklahoma commemorated former head coach Barry Switzer by unveiling a bronze statue of the legendary coach at the Switzer Center this past Saturday during a well received pre-game dedication ceremony. In attendance included Big12 commissioner Chuck Neinas, Bob Stoops, and former and current OU coaches and players. From 1973-1988, Switzer compiled an unprecedented...
Stoops got on the conference call Monday morning during OU's idle week, and Sooners Illustrated brings you the discussion.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is holding out hope that a season-ending knee injury to All-American receiver Ryan Broyles won't hurt him when it comes to the NFL draft or postseason awards.
Broyles, who is the NCAA record-holder with 349 career receptions and he ranks second all-time with 4,586 receiving yards, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday against...
(Eds: Stands as 1st Ld-Writethru on state line to add details, comments. With AP Photos.) Oklahoma will have an extra week to figure out how to move forward without All-American receiver Ryan Broyles.
Already dealing with the loss of starting running back Dominique Whaley to a broken ankle, the No. 7 Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) took another blow Saturday when Broyles suffered a season...
Oklahoma will have an extra week to figure out how to move forward without All-American receiver Ryan Broyles. Already dealing with the loss of starting running back Dominique Whaley to a broken ankle, the No. 7 Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) took another blow Saturday when Broyles suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third quarter of a 41-25 win against Texas A&M.
Sam Grooms (Photo form Soonersports.com)
Name: Sam Grooms
Weight: 200 lb.
Expected Role: Interchangeable point guard
The first player to sign in the Kruger era, Sam Grooms looks to be a critical part of the Sooner hoops team this season, taking on the role of point guard. Last season, the point guard position was hazy heading into...
Bob Stoops had to break the news that Ryan Broyles was lost for the season following the Sooners 41-25 victory over Texas A&M.
Steven Pledger came off the bench to score 24 points and Oklahoma outrebounded NCAA Division II Washburn by 20 in an 85-59 exhibition win Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.