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Sooners still forced to defend themselves

Updated: December 31, 2003, 3:41 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Their starting lineup boasts the Heisman, Lombardi, Butkus and Thorpe award winners. They have the coach of the year. They're six point favorites over LSU in Sunday's Nokia Sugar Bowl.

Yet the Oklahoma Sooners have spent the last month listening to gripes that they don't belong. And it hasn't exactly sat well.

"You can just feel the chip on their shoulder," coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday. "You can sense this edge that they're not satisfied. And that's usually a pretty ...

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