Oklahoma football: Sooners debut at No. 9 in BCS standings

Oklahoma debuted at No. 9 in the 2012 Bowl Championship Series standings, putting the Sooners in decent shape for a possible run at January's BCS national championship game.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 14, 2012

The Sooners play Kansas (1-5, 0-3 in Big 12 play) Saturday, but then host Notre Dame, unbeaten and ranked fifth in the BCS, a week later on Oct. 27.

After that, OU plays three more teams currently ranked in the BCS's top 25 — No. 13 West Virginia, No. 24 Iowa State and No. 23 TCU.

Baylor, which beat OU last season and has shown an ability to be potent offensively, and defending Big 12 champion and in-state rival Oklahoma State round out the schedule. Each of those games represents — at the very least — a decent threat.

“Everybody likes to project too much,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Saturday.

“We're 4-1. All we've gotta do is keep making corrections and be better against Kansas and keep taking it down the road. I don't want to look to the end.”

The top of the BCS, meanwhile, looks pretty similar to how the 2011 final standings looked, with two SEC teams. Defending national champion Alabama came in ranked No. 1, as expected, but unbeaten Florida is No. 2, with Pac-12 unbeaten Oregon, which is ranked second by the human polls, is third.

Last season, controversy ensued when LSU and Alabama played a rematch of their regular-season defensive struggle, won by the Tigers, in the BCS Championship game. Despite not having played in the SEC championship game, Alabama played in the BCS Championship game and won the rematch, while No. 3 Oklahoma State was left on the outside looking in despite an impressive 44-10 rout of rival Oklahoma in the regular-season finale.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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