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What they're saying about the Sooners, Trojans

Compiled by John Rohde Modified: September 18, 2008 at 7:45 am •  Published: September 18, 2008
College football sportswriters and analysts share their thoughts concerning Oklahoma and Southern Cal to this point in the season:

•Steve Wieberg (USA Today): "Certainly, OU is positioned to get there now and can score some big midseason and late-season points by beating Texas and likely Missouri (especially an unbeaten Missouri in Kansas City). But it's hard to predict what voters in the polls will do over the next couple of months.”

•Chris Dufresne (Los Angeles Times): "Ah, USC vs. Oklahoma in a re-do of 2004 season, wouldn't that be sweet? There was Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville parading through the press box before the game, trying to whip up national title votes for his team that finished undefeated that year and didn't get in the game. ... But there was mostly USC, turning what many expected to be a great game into a rout.”

•Ivan Maisel ( "It's the obvious matchup, but I'm still trying to figure out how Ohio State lost to Michigan State in 1996. I picked Georgia and Oklahoma in the preseason, but the scary part of USC's victory over Ohio State is you could see that the Trojan offense still has some growing to do.”

•Stewart Mandel (Sports Illustrated): "While USC, Oklahoma and Georgia were all pretty darn good last year, they're all much more experienced at key positions this season. Therefore, they should become more dominant.”

•Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star): "They are the two teams in the consensus top five that have accomplished the most and deserve to be ranked where they are. But it's asking a lot these days to go undefeated and it will be especially difficult for the Sooners because of the strength of the Big 12 and a potential league title game in (the) backyard of the probable opponent.”

•Matt Hayes (The Sporting News): "If any of the SEC's Big Three (Georgia, LSU, Florida) makes it out of their conference unbeaten, I have to think they will not only be in the BCS national title game, but the No.1-ranked team. At some point — because of what appears to be the weak state of the Pac-10 — they'll jump USC. Then it becomes USC or Oklahoma/Missouri. Offensively, the Sooners are terrific. Bradford gets better with every game. ”

•Tom Dienhart ( "I was just on a radio show and said, ‘I think USC and OU may meet again.' I was at the USC-OSU game, and USC looks great.

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