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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

does OU. Here's the deal for both: Each arguably is among the most talented teams in America. But, unlike most, USC and OU are hungry. OU has flopped time and again in BCS bowls, causing some in Sooner Nation to grumble. USC has been tripped up the last two years by the likes of Oregon State, UCLA and Stanford.”

•Terry Bowden (Westwood One/Yahoo! Sports): "Someone asked the other day when was the last time I saw a USC team this good? I think it was last season, right before the Stanford game. Of course, the same can be said for Oklahoma heading into the second half of the Colorado game last year, or even showing us that they were not going to let the Boise State debacle of 2006 happen again against West Virginia in 2007. Don't get me wrong, I think these two are clearly No. 1 and No. 2, but I don't know if either will show the maturity to play up to their potential every week to get to the BCS championship game. If they do, I will bet Mack Brown's farm that the Sooners will not get pushed around like last time.”

•Gene Wojciechowski (ESPN The Magazine): "Here's what I've learned about the 2008 season so far: that I haven't really learned anything. Yes, USC looks like the most talented team in the country if — and it's a medium-sized if — Virginia and Ohio State are actually any good. Oklahoma has looked impressive, but so has Missouri, and BYU, and East Carolina, and Florida, and Penn State, and a few others. I'm constantly amused and amazed that some OU fans say Stoops can't win the supposed Big One. A) He won a big one; B) You have to be pretty good to get to the Big One.”

•Tony Barnhart (Atlanta Journal-Constitution): "I expect USC to run the table and be in the BCS championship. I also believe the opponent will be the Big 12 champ or the SEC champ. ... Obviously, if it's Georgia on the SEC side, I'd argue for them because they are playing, in my opinion, the toughest schedule in the history of the school. There are five SEC teams in the Top 10. Georgia plays the other four. There are five coaches in the SEC who have won national championships. Georgia is the only team in the league playing all five schools.”

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