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OU coach Bob Stoops: Sooners can't read too much into Iowa State's big loss to Utah

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: October 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm •  Published: October 11, 2010

Coming off an ugly 68-27 home loss to Utah, Iowa State looks like an easy win for the Sooners when the Cyclones visit Norman on Saturday.

How does Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops guard against overconfidence?

"The previous week they beat (Texas) Tech quite handily or scored 50-some points," Stoops said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. "In the end our job is to be as solid and good as we can be and continue to make progress through the year, refining our technique and our discipline in our schemes. That's what we're focused on."

Two weeks ago Iowa State won a 52-38 shootout with Texas Tech. But last week the Cyclones surrendered 593 yards. Utah also scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and 78-yard punt return.

"I don't think the folks in Norman are worried about us coming in and creating a shootout," said ISU coach Paul Rhoads. "We're just going to try and be sound and force them to move the ball down the field and not score on big plays and see if we can find a little success offensively."

Bolstered by a 28-20 win over Texas, coming off a bye week, the Sooners are viewed as the prohibitive favorite to win the South division. Stoops said it's too early to draw definitive conclusions.

"Too much speculation goes into how people are playing non-conference wise, where they're playing at, all those kind of things," Stoops said. "Until you get into conference play and get a little more consistency in who everybody is playing, (that's when) you start to find more out."

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