Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops had plenty to say about the SEC and its defenses. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)
It seems these days that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops can't stop talking about the Southeastern Conference, even though his team plays in the Big 12.
In May, he openly questioned the SEC's overall strength, claiming that the league’s mystique comes from “propaganda.”
This time, he took note of the conference's defenses, which have struggled to stop high-powered offenses this season.
“Just a few years ago, we had all the quarterbacks,” Stoops said to the Oklahoman. “And now, all of a sudden, we can play a little better defense and some other people can’t play defense.
“Funny how people can’t play defense when they have pro-style quarterbacks over there, which we’ve had. They’re all playing in the NFL right now.”
Someone noted that Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has a high pass efficiency rating.
“How’s that happening? They’re playing all those SEC defenses," Stoops said.
The conference has three quarterbacks ranked in the Top 10 in passing efficiency.
“I still don’t know how [Texas] A&M was third in the country in total offense and scoring offense playing all those SEC defenses. I have no idea how that happened.
“Oh, they got a quarterback. That’s right.”
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Since joining the SEC last season, Texas A&M is averaging more than 44 points per game under the direction of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.