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Oklahoma football: Sooners are a hot item again in college football world

Impressive performance against Texas has folks jumping back on the Sooner bandwagon
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 14, 2012

If you ask OU coach Bob Stoops and team members, nothing's changed.

But what is this team? A national championship team? A rebuilding team? Or a to-be-determined team?

The first time I heard a fan say it was a rebuilding year, I just kind of laughed. Jones is a fourth-year starter. He's NFL material and so are a handful of the guys around him. I don't think it's a rebuilding year.

A to-be-determined team is more like it. Last year at this time, Oklahoma was 6-0 and few thought Texas Tech could go into the Sooners' house and upset the No. 5-ranked team in the country. Upsets happen. That's why games are played.

A tough round of games remain:

*Oct. 27 against Notre Dame, which will be a bowl-esque matchup.

*Nov. 3 at upset-minded Iowa State (remember what the Cyclones did to Oklahoma State last season in Ames).

*Nov. 10 against Baylor, which remains a quality club without Robert Griffin III.

*Nov. 17 against West Virginia, a team that does not look so daunting after a 49-14 loss Saturday at Texas Tech.

*Nov. 24 against the OSU Cowboys. Enough said there.

Although Notre Dame needed overtime to beat Stanford; Iowa State's comeback bid fell short against K-State; Baylor suffering a 28-point rout from TCU; and Oklahoma State squeaking past a not-so-good Kansas team — even a team like Oklahoma can get pulled from college football's spotlight.

But for now, many more in the Sooner Nation have their hands and feet tucked inside the Oklahoma bandwagon.