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Did Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops criticize Texas A&M’s scheduling? YESSIR!

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Bob Stoops has been making the rounds through the ESPN Car Wash today and he has been throwing out a couple nuggets worth digesting. Aside from his latest jab at Alabama head coach Nick Saban‘s thoughts on the Sugar Bowl, Stoops took aim at non-conference scheduling by a former Big 12 foe, Texas A&M.

Texas A&M opens the regular season on the road in SEC play against South Carolina, the favorite to come out of the SEC East this fall, but after that the Aggies have home games against Lamar (and FCS school) and Rice. After that is a road game at SMU. On November 1 Texas A&M will host UL Monroe in College Station the week before a road game at Auburn. Looking at the non-conference schedule for the Aggies leaves Stoops unimpressed.

Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule is anything but a murderer’s row, that much is for sure. Lamar is coming off a 5-6 season at the FCS level last season. Rice made a surprise run to a Conference USA West Division championship and ended the season with a record of 10-4, but the Owls are hardly considered among the elite of the Group of Five at this point. SMU filed to meet eligibility for postseason play with a 5-7 record and ULM broke even at 6-6 but was not invited to a bowl game.

To be fair, Oklahoma has rarely gone out and put together one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country on an annual basis, but the Sooners have lined up some marquee non-conference opponents for home-and-home opportunities. Recent seasons have seen Oklahoma play Notre Dame and Florida State while future seasons will see Ohio State, UCLA and historic rival Nebraska. But the Sooners have a share of games against programs like Tulsa and UTEP littered throughout as well. Texas A&M will have future games against Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon coming up as well.

The other part of the argument is how difficult Texas A&M’s conference schedule will be compared to that of Oklahoma over the course of time as well. The Sooners may have to battle a resurgent Texas in due time, and Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Baylor have their moments, but the Aggies are pit in the same division as Alabama, Auburn and LSU.

Is Stoops fair to criticize the difficulty of Texas A&M’s schedule?

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37 Responses to “Did Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops criticize Texas A&M’s scheduling? YESSIR!”
  1. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:14 PM

    Stoops is out of line here..

  2. udub says: Jul 23, 2014 2:15 PM

    I’m sure it’s more complicated than internet brainstorming, but it would be nice if there were more scheduling uniformity among the big conferences dictated by the NCAA like: 1) Everyone plays 9 conference games 2) your non-conference games have to be either two lower tier FBS and one power conference FBS or one FCS and two power conference opponents.

    Everyone says your schedule matters until it actually matters when deciding BCS matchups, or now the Playoffs, and then the deciding factor ends up being W-L record damn who you actually played.

    I hope this year the Playoffs set a new tone and pick based off scheduling. I doubt it, in the end the SEC runner up who played Lamar, SE Louisiana, FIU and one tough team will get in because you know SEC! SEC! SEC!

  3. seminolez says: Jul 23, 2014 2:26 PM

    SMU filed to meet eligibility for postseason play with a 5-7 record

    I’m going to continue to address typos until you people get a proofreader.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 2:30 PM

    Bob’s still smarting from that Cotton Bowl I see…

    Well, we’ve been trying unsuccessfully to add an annual OOC game with Texas… So there’s that.

    Next year we open with ASU, then home and homes with UCLA and Oregon the next 4 years.

    OU has tough conference games against Texas and Baylor.

    A team from A&M’s division has played for the national title every year since ’09. One year two of them played for it. When you have that type of divisional schedule, it’s tough to have more than one power team in your non conference line up.

  5. williered says: Jul 23, 2014 2:51 PM

    Stoops still has not recovered from the 28 point drubbing by ATM in the bowl game at the end of the 2012 season.

  6. corvusrex96 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:52 PM

    Since the in state Big 12 schools (Tx Tech , Texas, Baylor , TCU) have essentially black balled games with aTm they are left scheduling Rice and SMU

  7. tgaustin says: Jul 23, 2014 3:01 PM

    The Aggies have much bigger elephant in the room right now rather than worry about Robert.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 3:02 PM

    A&M played 6 teams that finished in the Top 25 last year. 3 that finished in the top 10. 2 in the top 5.

    OU played 4 top 25 teams last year and 1 that finished in the top 10.

    Plus I love that he’s touting how much tougher his OOC schedule is than ours, because their big OOC opponent this year is from our conference….

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 3:05 PM

    corvusrex96 says:
    Jul 23, 2014 2:52 PM

    Since the in state Big 12 schools (Tx Tech , Texas, Baylor , TCU) have essentially black balled games with aTm they are left scheduling Rice and SMU
    _____________________

    A&M has spoken with TTU about scheduling a home and home and I believe that one will come to fruition.

  10. thraiderskin says: Jul 23, 2014 3:14 PM

    I don’t think Stoops is hurting after the beat down they gave Bama, but I think its a dick move to go after a program not in your conference, that more than likely won’t affect you this year. Its just another example of how childish he is and how childish the big12 is… its too bad he didn’t have the balls to go at Texas when they were dismantling the conference.

  11. manik56 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:17 PM

    How could you argue aTm has anything but a weak out of conference schedule? Good luck trying.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 3:20 PM

    I’m sorry… you were saying….

    http://www.fbschedules.com/2014/04/2014-college-football-strength-of-schedule-ncaa-method/

  13. gmaletexas says: Jul 23, 2014 3:33 PM

    So Bob, have you offered to play A&M in a non conference game? I doubt it, considering what happened the last time you played them.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 3:54 PM

    Strong apparently just said he wants to renew A&M rivalry.

    Seems logical since he’s getting the tar kicked out of him on the recruiting trail.

    To be honest though… I don’t care. I want to play Texas again… every year. It’s a tradition that’s older than my great grandfather.

  15. tgaustin says: Jul 23, 2014 4:15 PM

    I love people who base their teams season on recruiting. When…and WHEN the Aggies win something, anything…come find me.

    Hell, Kev can’t keep his kids out of jail right now. In the last 25 months(Thanks Geoff Ketchum), he’s had 19, yes 19 players arrested. That’s almost 1/4 of his team.

  16. rufneklac5 says: Jul 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    Everyone bringing up 2012 cotton bowl, who cares? And if that games matters to this argument, let’s bring up 2003 shall we.

    2003 – OU 77 A&M 0

  17. theboondoggles says: Jul 23, 2014 4:31 PM

    “The other part of the argument is how difficult Texas A&M’s conference schedule will be compared to that of Oklahoma over the course of time as well. The Sooners may have to battle a resurgent Texas in due time, and Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Baylor have their moments, but the Aggies are pit in the same division as Alabama, Auburn and LSU.”

    A&M went 4-11 against Texas, OU, and Ok State in their final 5 years in the Big 12. Seems like the Aggies had about all they could handle in conference even before moving to the SEC.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 4:53 PM

    @rufneklac5

    How’d that ’03 work out for you guys?

  19. reesesteel23 says: Jul 23, 2014 5:12 PM

    His quote is funny lol..”Boy that’s a bunch of toughies”

    You guys are too easily offended. You would think he completely bashed them from top to bottom

  20. mrlaloosh says: Jul 23, 2014 5:41 PM

    Nobody but storm chasers cares about Oklahoma.

  21. bender4700 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:02 PM

    He was actually going after that idiot Nick Saban.

    And he was 100% right.

  22. imacdane says: Jul 23, 2014 6:59 PM

    41-13

  23. tcopelin says: Jul 23, 2014 7:16 PM

    I have been an OU fan since birth and I think greatly of Coach Stoops…. But this was way out of line. OU plays their share of Not so tough’s every year. Just because TAMU’s toughest games are in conference is no reason to criticize their non conference schedule. They get some(hopefully) easy wins,allow smaller schools to make some money and get their 2nd and 3rd team some playing time. I think Coach Stoops may still be upset over that whupping the Aggie’s gave OU a few years ago. Beating Alabama eased that pain quite a bit :)

  24. fiverings37 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:26 PM

    What is your championship game record, Bob?

  25. saints97 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:58 PM

    At the end of the day, which team will end up with the tougher strength of schedule?

    And, by the way, with such a stupid way of deciding a champion, why would NCAA teams bother to schedule a bunch of tough games when they have a choice? The new system is going to come down to won/loss record still anyway.

  26. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 8:04 PM

    @tcopelin

    Well said…

  27. Deb says: Jul 23, 2014 8:27 PM

    Just can’t help grinning when Spurrier makes these kinds of comments about his rivals. But Stoops always comes across as a jackass.

  28. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 23, 2014 9:12 PM

    Does Medium Game Bob realize that his own team’s 2014 schedule is ranked 93rd in the nation, and that A&M’s is ranked #5?

    He’s pissed because Sumlin is closed the door on OU recruiting in the state of Texas.

  29. tnfire69 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:11 PM

    Every school has a couple of easy games. But I don’t think he should take shots unless he’s going to help A&M change it by offering to play them.

    Soon I hope we will get games like A&M vs OU because of the playoffs.

  30. sportsguy3434 says: Jul 24, 2014 9:25 AM

    Texas won’t play the aggies.

    Maybe Stoops and Sumlin should settle it on the field.

    And other posters are right. Stoops can say something similar to another coach and come across brash and arrogant.

  31. tigersfandan says: Jul 24, 2014 1:29 PM

    Whether or not you approve of Stoops saying it, their schedule is really weak.

  32. mazblast says: Jul 24, 2014 4:42 PM

    Ah, college football (and basketball) coaches. The Glass House Gang.

  33. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 24, 2014 5:26 PM

    tigersfandan says:
    Jul 24, 2014 1:29 PM

    Whether or not you approve of Stoops saying it, their schedule is really weak.
    ___________________

    Their OOC schedule is fairly weak. Their overall schedule is rated 5th in the nation under the NCAA method.

    http://www.fbschedules.com/2014/04/2014-college-football-strength-of-schedule-ncaa-method/

    So I’m not sure I would say their schedule is weak…

  34. floridacock says: Jul 25, 2014 9:36 PM

    Stoops should keep his mouth shut. A&M’s schedule is ranked #5 in the country, because they play in a real conference, and OK is ranked 93. PULEASEEEE!!!

  35. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 26, 2014 10:49 AM

    Lol this is the pot calling the kettle black. This guy scheduled cream puffs for 15 years. This guy is the most overrated coach in college football.

    I know Bob Stoopid. Rice and Tulsa are such powerhouses right? What a clown Stoops is

  36. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 26, 2014 2:07 PM

    Oh, and his ass is still burning from that 41-13 beat down that A&M put on OU in the Cotton Bowl.

    Let’s not forget about that.

  37. jjgautreaux says: Jul 27, 2014 4:29 PM

    Big game bob needs to shut his mouth

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