Sooners almost flawless so far, but remaining foes are 21-3

By Jake Trotter Modified: September 15, 2008 at 7:15 am •  Published: September 15, 2008
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Save for allowing a couple long kick returns, missing a couple extra points and giving up a couple big screen passes, Oklahoma has been flawless a fourth of the way into the season.

So far, nobody can block Gerald McCoy, nobody can cover Ryan Broyles, and Sam Bradford, ridiculously, has nearly as many touchdown passes (12) as he does incompletions (17).

Clearly, this team possesses all the elements needed to win a third consecutive Big 12 title and challenge Southern California and the winner of the SEC bonanza for national title consideration.

But make no mistake, the toughest tests lie ahead.

A schedule that seemed somewhat innocuous at the season's beginning no longer seems so benign heading into OU's off week. The Sooners' remaining opponents are a combined 21-3, underscoring the overall strength of the Big 12. That doesn't even include Big 12 North favorite Missouri, which has crept into the top 5 and leads the nation in scoring at 57.7 points per game.

Here's a breakdown of OU's improved remaining schedule:

•Sept. 27: TCU (3-0)

The Horned Frogs trounced a decent Stanford team 31-14 over the weekend and could challenge Brigham Young for the Mountain West title. Gary Patterson's teams are usually stalwarts defensively, and this team appears to be no different.

•Oct. 4: at Baylor (2-1)

Freshman quarterback Robert Griffin and first-year coach Art Briles have the Bears talking bowl game after a 45-17 victory over Washington State. In high school, Griffin came within one-hundredth of a second of tying the national prep record in the 300-meter hurdles.

•Oct.

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Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, left, slaps hands with OU fans after Saturday's victory. Bradford and the Sooners are 3-0, but a tough road lies ahead. by NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

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