The word standard came up quite a bit from Bob Stoops and his Sooners as they look ahead to the 2015 season.
They're well aware that they weren't quite up to par last year.
While fans and media may be critical of the Sooners, Oklahoma's coaches say they were just a few plays away from being right where they normally are just last year and going forward.
"You can look at it a lot of ways, but I prefer to look at it and three of these games we're with in one play in one particular side of the ball or the other," Bob Stoops, OU head football coach, said. "But we were on the wrong side of it, but if we're on the right side of it we've got another ten, eleven win season and that's what I'm after."
"We definitely need to play better than we did a year ago," Mike Stoops, OU defensive coordinator, said. "I think our players understand the standard of Oklahoma football and the standard of playing great defense. There still comes a place where some things are unacceptable."
"We're trying to be bad," Zack Sanchez, OU junior cornerback, said. "We're trying to make a statement. I think that's what the guys in the early 2000's and the mid 2000's did. They just brought an attitude to the game that hasn't been seen here in a couple of years, and we're just trying to bring that back as a whole."
"It all boils back to the little things," Trevor Knight, OU junior quarterback, said. "What work are you going to put in extra to put you on the right side of that fine line of not losing by one against Kansas State or by three to TCU, things like that. You have to fight for that in the offseason, because those little things are going to show up. It's a one play here another play here that makes a difference in a ball game, and that's what you fight for in the off season."