Brent Venables Oklahoma head football coach Brent Venables speaks during media day for the University of Oklahoma football at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Aug., 2, 2022. Ou Fb Media Day

Brent Venables’ first season in Norman didn’t go exactly as planned.

In the first season of its post-Lincoln Riley era, Oklahoma fared 6-7 with a loss in the Cheez-It Bowl to Florida State. That’s a far cry from the rich tradition of being a perennial College Football Playoff cotnender under Riley’s watch. And while there was a lot of turnover from a roster standpoint, which is commonplace in today’s game, especially after a coaching change, the Sooners were still expected to be a top team in the country.

They weren’t able to meet those expectations that were set. And now, for one reason or another, their head coach has set expectations that he didn’t necessarily need to. Venables will enter his second season at helm in Oklahoma and he’s already put his Sooners under the microscope with his recent remarks.

“If we just get better on defense we’re going to win 10-plus games and have a chance to hang a banner up at the end of the year,” Venables said, via Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman.

It’s hard for Oklahoma’s defense to be any worse than it was in 2022. The Sooners ranked 121st in the nation in total defense. Only nine schools had a worse defense in the FBS. On the season, Oklahoma allowed a total of 5,993 yards, which equatees to 5.75 yards per play and 461 yards per game.

While Oklahoma can only go up from there, it’s a curious move to place expectations. And those in the college football world expressed their concerns with Venables’ comments on social media:

[Ryan Aber on Twitter]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.