When Bob Stoops looked out on the field last Thursday at Iowa State 14 Sooners that began the year as a starter or back up were no longer there.
Despite the setbacks Stoops likes the fight of his team so far, and sees some potential there.
"I still think we can keep improving," said Stoops, OU head football coach. "We've been a resilient, tough minded team to have handled what we have at this point. To win this week we need to be better. Hopefully our guys can practice and work that way this week with some guys back, and a little more polish on our part be better."
OU will head down the tunnel here at Owen Field with a 22-3 all time record against Baylor on Saturday, but the Bears have won three of the last five games.
Including a 48-14 win in Norman just two years ago.
According to a couple Sooners that change in the series history has created a jump in intensity.
"I can say it's a little bit more hostile of a game than some other games from time to time," said Steven Parker, OU junior safety. "I wouldn't say it's going against Texas, but at the same time it's starting to create that kind of momentum."
"It's going to be the same way," said Dimitri Flowers, OU junior fullback. "They kind of stumbled up last week, so they're going to come out hungry and ready to win, ready to fight. We're going to do the same exact thing, so it's going to be a very physical game, and we need to be prepared for it. It's always going to be in the back of our minds when you get embarrassed like we did. We know this is our home field, and conference champions win at home. That's what we're going to have to go out and do."