NORMAN — When the new college football rankings are revealed today, Oklahoma will return to the No. 1 ranking for the first time since the final week of the 2003 regular season.
Following a tumultuous three days that saw No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 each go down in flames, the No. 2-ranked Sooners staked their claim with a convincing 35-10 victory over TCU on Owen Field.
OU quarterback Sam Bradford set a school record with 199 passing yards in the first quarter, receiver Manuel Johnson set a school record with 206 receiving yards, and the Sooners stole the ball four times from the nation's most selfish team in terms of turnover margin.
"I'll vote for 'em," Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said of putting OU atop the new USA Today coaches poll.
"They are very deserving. In this day and age, if you win all your football games you deserve the right. They have a good football team. They are very athletic. I think what they are doing on offense with the hurry-up is going to cause a lot of team some problems. Just the tempo of their offense bothered us."
As is usually the case with Sooners coach Bob Stoops, he wouldn't bite at any No. 1 bait.
Rather than predict what figures to transpire early this afternoon, Stoops chose to savor what transpired Saturday night.
"It's always a good thing to win. Believe me. It's not easy to do," Stoops said. "It is a positive. How can it not be? (Winning) 35-10, you think I'm going to be disappointed?"
At halftime, claiming the nation's top spot wasn't such a sure thing for OU.
While the Sooners led 28-3, Alabama simultaneously led 31-0 at halftime at No.