MORGANTOWN - In a lot of ways, Oklahoma football is no different than college football anywhere else.
Fans have the same sort of questions and, to a degree, the same sort of expectations.
The questions tend to veer toward the usual. Throughout the summer and into August, for instance, Sooner fans were obsessed with the question of who their team's quarterback would be. Landry Jones was gone after four seasons and three relative newcomers were fighting for the job that redshirt freshman Trevor Knight would eventually earn.
It didn't matter that Oklahoma had plenty of talent elsewhere. No one wanted to talk about that.
Take Gabe Ikard, for instance. There might not be a better center in the country, the fifth-year senior having been a named to just about every preseason All-America team out there.
But even when Ikard was asked on the street or around campus or by the media about the coming season, seldom did anyone want to know anything about him. It was all about the quarterbacks.
Not that he was surprised by that.
"I know,'' Ikard said. "Shocking, isn't it?''
Then again, if there was another topic of conversation that crept up nearly as much as the quarterback battle, it was the same one that crops up annually at Oklahoma. And it's the one that separates programs like OU and really just a handful of others - Alabama and the like - from those that make up the vast majority of the 125-member FBS:
What about that national championship?
"We're never taken aback by their expectations and what they want us to do,'' Ikard said of Sooner fans. "I mean, really we've got the same expectations ourselves.''
The fact is, though, it's been a while since Oklahoma was even in a position to win a national championship - or at least a while in OU terms. The school has won seven of them, but the most recent was 13 years ago. Eight times since then, coach Bob Stoops' teams won at least 11 games and lost three BCS title games.