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Ringgold: Hogs, Sooners can still salvage their seasons

Ringgold: Hogs, Sooners can still salvage their seasons
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One area major-college football program is currently 5-1 on the season, while another major college football team stands at 1-5.

Several fans of one of those programs are up in arms and they are even fearing things may get even worse, while several fans of the other team are feeling pretty optimistic and that better days are on the horizon.

So you would think fans of the 5-1 team are feeling pretty peachy keen these days, while those fans of the 1-5 squad are down in the dumps, right?

That’s not necessarily the case, though.

The team that’s currently 5-1, Oklahoma, has gone through a bit of upheaval ever since Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl. And the team now at 1-5, Arkansas, came out of the expected loss to the best team in the country with some high hopes.

We’ll start with Oklahoma. The Sooners’ season took a shocking turn on Saturday with a wild roller-coaster loss to Texas.

Though there were some costly turnovers by the offense, not to mention a rousing comeback from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit, the OU defense bore the brunt of the fans’ frustrations. And a day later, embattled defensive coordinator Mike Stoops took the fall.

To be honest, while I didn’t think Stoops was going to last at OU much longer, I was quite surprised that the Sooners went ahead and made the coaching change mid-season. But at the same time, I’m not surprised that OU named Ruffin McNeill the new defensive coordinator.

Ever since McNeill, the former East Carolina head coach who once had an offensive coordinator on his staff named Lincoln Riley, was hired by Riley shortly after he took over as the Sooners’ coach, I figured it would be…

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