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November 7, 2013

Facing two-touchdown underdog tag, OU looks to prove itself

(Continued)

OU is 4-2 in road games against AP top 10 teams under Stoops, including a 3-1 mark since 2010. The Sooners are also undefeated when facing back-to-back AP top 10 opponents, sweeping Kansas State and Nebraska in 2000 and Texas and Iowa State in 2002 under Stoops.  OU knocked then-No. 10 Texas Tech, 38-30, Oct. 26.

For players, what happened 14 or 12 years ago has no meaning on tonight’s game. The players will decide what happens today. They were in elementary school a decade ago.

There’s also the very recent history of OU’s last three games as underdogs: the 2011 Bedlam game, last season against Notre Dame and the 2013 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. The Sooners were throttled in all three of those games.

Clearly, the oddsmakers overestimated the Sooners in all three of those games. But the underdog role never really came up in any of those games. The Sooners weren’t favored, but neither was their opponent by very much.

Today, Baylor’s a big favorite and OU is energized by the prospect of being able to shock some folks with a simple victory.

“This team thrives off the underdog role. We almost feel as though … let me find a word that I won’t get in trouble for …disrespected,” defensive end Geneo Grissom said. “We almost feel disrespected in being the underdog. We feel like we can play with anybody in this conference.”

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OU at Baylor

TV: FS1

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

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