The Sooners were ahead of the no-huddle, hurry-up, spread offense trend. With Sam Bradford and Kevin Wilson, OU's no-huddle became the most prolific offense in college football history. They were often unstoppable and scored touchdowns at a record breaking rate. No one worried as the defense dwindled. That was just collateral damage.
That was also the past. The unbelievable players from 2008 are gone along with Wilson. Also missing is offensive balance, defensive pressure, and any novelty advantage once possessed by the Sooners. Almost every team in the Big XII runs no-huddle killing their own defense along with the opponents. It's either a quick score or quick punt which negates ball control and forces the defense into more possessions. Also since Wilson's departure, the Sooners have failed to maintain a run/pass balance despite great talent and depth at the running back position.
When Oklahoma State catches up, it's time to rethink your brand of football. The current Big XII resembles the WAC with most games producing basketball type scores. It's embarrassing for the Sooners to be associated with that. OU has traditionally been a great defensive program, but last year's Sooners gave up over 41 points in three of their last four games. Against OSU and West Virginia (who also use no-huddle) OU's defense was on the field 100 snaps. Why not shorten the game? You can't expect the defense to perform in the fourth quarter after playing so many snaps. Stoops also can't expect to recruit top defensive talent with the current system. The talent drop off is already alarming. Where are the playmakers? Probably in the SEC where they're not on the field 100 plays a game.
The best way to cure the Sooners is to win. If defense wins championships (as the saying goes) the Sooners should scrap the no-huddle and control the clock. Unconventional traditionalism.