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OU coach Bob Stoops: Sooners still 'a work in progress'

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: October 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm •  Published: October 4, 2010

The Sooners are 5-0 against one of the more difficult schedules. But because of several close wins many national analysts still don't list Oklahoma among the top candidates to play for the national title.

"That's fine," coach Bob Stoops said Monday during the Big 12 teleconference. "At this point in the year we're not. But the better teams continue to grow and get better through the year. It is true we've played one of the tougher non-conference schedules. That was talked about quite a bit. We're 5-0 with an off week.

"In the end we're still a work in progress. I like that to be quite honest with you. To not play your best and beat a good Texas team is always a good thing. It doesn't really matter. We're all going to keep playing. We've all got a bunch of games to come. We'll see how we're able to keep maturing and growing."

Looking back at OU's 28-20 win over Texas, Stoops said it should help the Sooners' confidence.

"Definitely. Absolutely," Stoops said. "In every game there are always areas you're making improvement or showing strides and other areas creep up where you need to work a little better.

"But overall the ability to run the football was a huge plus. We got pressure to their quarterback a couple of different times. (Quarterback) Landry Jones continues to play great. The last two games on the road he's had great games."

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