How did the Sooners transform themselves from road victims to road rompers?
They took the task of turning around last year's struggles seriously, acknowledging the problem rather than passing it off as nothing and ignoring it.
"Our shirts this summer said, ‘Built Road Tough,' ” said OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "Our whole mindset was, ‘Be dominant wherever we go.' ”
The Sooners dominated on both sides of the ball at Washington, taking it to the Huskies with physical and aggressive styles.
The result was the worst home whipping of a Huskies team since 1929 and the eighth-worst defeat in program history.
Through practices and the team's preparation, coach Bob Stoops said he grew confident his team would pass this first road test of the 2008 season.
"I just felt really confident in the way they practiced all week, in the way they got on the plane, in the way they came into the stadium,” Stoops said. "They just really felt they had something to prove.
"You could tell, they're invested in it, they're focused, they're ready to compete.”
Is it time to consider Sam Bradford among the Heisman front-runners?
Hate to answer a question with a question, but what else could we possibly be waiting for?
Bradford's numbers are staggering. Five touchdowns each of the past two games and 12 overall. His surgeon-like precision, resulting in 64-of-81 passes completed (79 percent) for 882 yards — in three games.
Once that served as a season of passing yards for an OU quarterback.
Bradford the sophomore exudes greater confidence and calm. And he delivers, going a cool 5-for-5 in leading the Sooners to touchdowns in their trips inside the red zone Saturday.
In what is becoming a year of the quarterback, the competition is tough. Missouri's Chase Daniel and USC's Mark Sanchez are also off to fast starts. Florida's Tim Tebow, the reigning Heisman holder, will factor in again as well.