NORMAN, Okla. - One game into the 2013 season and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops isn't exactly ready to change his opinion.
But everyone else might be.
Who knows who's right?
When the Sooners reported to fall camp at the beginning of August, Stoops was quick to point out the days of holding teams to 14 or 17 points was unrealistic. Of course, Stoops was talking about other Big 12 Conference teams, but after what his team had been through the previous two seasons defensively, it looked as though Stoops was trying to make sure expectations weren't high going into 2013.
Then came Saturday.
With a defensive line that lost five starters from a season ago, another two starters out for the game against Louisiana-Monroe and question marks pretty much everywhere else on the defensive side, OU played exceptionally well in the 34-0 victory.
Time to change our opinion?
"It's just one game," Stoops said during a conference call. "Last year we had a lot of good games early too, right? You guys were bragging on them, then you wanted to thrown them under the bus."
Well, the defense of 2012 was thrown under the bus, but not by the media. West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M did the running over.
Meanwhile, back to Saturday.
ULM had just nine first downs and 38 yards rushing. The Sooner defensive line, led by Charles Tapper, seemed active and energized.
Tapper, who played in five games last season, was as good against ULM as any defensive lineman from all of last year. The sophomore had a pair of unassisted tackles and chipped in on another stop.
"We did a good job," cornerback Aaron Colvin said. "We still have work to do and we still have good offenses to face. I feel like we played well, but we can always be better."