It would be easy for Oklahoma to come out in the Insight Bowl with subpar enthusiasm and excitement. A three-loss season is below the standard set for the Sooners, making for disappointed coaches, players and fans.
Nonetheless, the Sooners have some goals heading into their battle with Iowa.
First, they want to forget about their blowout loss to Oklahoma State and secure a 10-win season.
“It was pretty disappointing but we still have a chance to have a 10-win season,” sophomore offensive lineman Gabe Ikard said. “You want to end on a positive note and you want to go into the offseason with a little more confidence.”
Secondly, they’d like to send this senior class out with a win and keep them from being remembered as a group that lost three out of four games to close the season.
“Our seniors are doing a good job [keeping us focused],” junior offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. “They know it’s their last game and they want to go out with a bang.”
How the Sooners play against Iowa could be a sign as to how the coaches and players have responded to this year’s disappointment. If they move forward and beat the Hawkeyes, it could be a good omen for 2012. If they come out with a lackluster effort, it could be a sign that this year’s issues could carry over into next year.