Logic would dictate Oklahoma might let up in the games following a heated rivalry against Texas. That hasn’t been the case.
Since 1999, the Sooners are 17-1 after the Red River Showdown. Of course, 1999 was Bob Stoops’ first year as the Sooners’ coach, and 2017 is their first year without him since.
Lincoln Riley has proven more than capable in his first year at the helm. He was only the fifth Oklahoma coach to win his first matchup with Oklahoma, a feat Stoops didn’t accomplish.
Still, there’s cause for concern. That one loss came to Kansas State, who Oklahoma faces Saturday as it tries to up its post-Texas success. The Wildcats beat the Sooners, 31-30, in 2014 in Norman, Okla.
This year’s matchup is in Manhattan, Kan., which might actually be an advantage for the Sooners. They’ve won 13 straight road games, one shy of matching their longest streak in more than four decades.
With Riley and quarterback Baker Mayfield ready to go for Saturday, it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise for the Sooners to extend their success. It won’t be easy, but they’ve shown they’re capable of moving forward from the intensity of Texas and continuing to win.