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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Sooners making a statement in Dallas

On Sept. 10, Oklahoma won the early game-of-the-season against Florida State, fighting back the Seminoles, 23-13. Then, as often happens, that victory proves to look a little less meaningful, as FSU has gone on to lose to Clemson and today, trails Wake Forest in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Alabama and LSU were impressive through the first five weeks of the season, and the Sooners found themselves relegated to a No. 3 ranking.

Well, here are the same Sooners, making another statement. In the third quarter, they’re smashing 11th-ranked Texas, 41-10, and looking like a threat to slap 60 on the Longhorns. Landry Jones, the Heisman-hopeful quarterback, threw for a ridiculous 305 yards in the first half to his talented group of receivers, on 23 of 35 attempts.

Whoops, Oklahoma just scored again. It’s 48-10.

This is not a good development for, among others, Stanford, Wisconsin and Boise State. In the beauty contest that is the BCS standings, if there’s a glut of unbeaten teams vying for the title game, any edge – like a landslide win over a respected program – might be the difference.

There is a possible downside, however. If the Sooners keep romping on the Longhorns like this, it may expose Texas as overrated and devalue the rout. Crazy stuff, this college football.

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