Media Days are for previewing a new team, but where Oklahoma is concerned, some of the Big 12 event that begins today in Dallas will be dedicated to the impact of a victory from the previous season.
The Sooners scored a flag planting victory for their program and the conference when they beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The outcome didn’t factor into the national championship, but it marked Oklahoma’s first victory over a top-five team in three years, and a bounce has been projected: The Sooners were made the preseason favorite over reigning champion Baylor in a poll released last week.
Oklahoma gets its say on Tuesday, along with Kansas State, Iowa State, West Virginia and Texas with new coach Charlie Strong.
The event kicks off today with Baylor and Kansas among others. The Bears will speak of their offseason as champion.
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“We have the belt around our waist,” Baylor coach Art Briles said. “It’s buckled up pretty tight.”
Except for the time Briles threw it over his shoulder for a publicity photo.
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