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.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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