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Oklahoma football: All of a sudden, the Sooners are back in the national title picture

OU's victory at Texas Tech, combined with other contenders losing Saturday, has Sooners in good shape. But tough teams such as Texas, TCU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State remain on the schedule.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 7, 2012

Games at Iowa State, West Virginia and TCU — and home clashes with Notre Dame, Baylor and Oklahoma State — make up one of the nation's toughest schedules. If OU wins them all, that strength of schedule would be viewed favorably by both computers and human voters.

Only three of the 15 major college football teams still without a loss don't have a fellow unbeaten looming later this season.

Ohio, in the Mid-American Conference, isn't a serious national-title contender. Ohio State is still on probation and ineligible for postseason play.

That leaves Notre Dame, which visits Norman on Oct. 27.

“Our guys have had a great attitude, and I keep saying that,” coach Bob Stoops said after Saturday's win. “They worked hard, and they played hard two weeks ago (against Kansas State).

“You look at today's game. We had the big turnovers, and it made a huge difference in the game.”

With all the week-to-week fluidity in college football and Saturday's across-the-board domination — plus assistance from teams like North Carolina State, which shocked top-five Florida State — an Oklahoma title-game appearance doesn't seem like nearly the stretch it did two weeks ago.