Kop's Korner: Oklahoma is the Team to Watch in the 2013 Red River Rivalry

10/9/13 in NCAAF   |   Alex_Kopilow   |   10 respect

Sep 28, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) leaves the field after Oklahoma defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 35-21 at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY SportsSaturday at noon all eyes will be on the Texas Longhorns, as UT takes on No. 10/12 Oklahoma in the 2013 edition of the Red River Rivalry.

While this game has been touted as Texas head coach Mack Brown's last stand, fans should focus on the Sooners. OU enters Saturday's rivalry match up at 5-0, and very much under the radar as a National Championship contender.

Through five games Oklahoma has been on the road just once. In that contest the Sooners downed the then 22nd ranked Notre Dame in 35-21.

OU has plenty more to prove, and the crimson and cream will have its chance starting with the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners then go on to face Kansas (in Lawrence) before a tough matchup against No. 20 Texas Tech (Home) followed by a showdown with No. 15 Baylor (Dallas, Thursday 11/7)

Just as Oklahoma did last season the Sooners sport a solid offensive attack which is now led by junior quarterback Blake Bell. Bell, who was initially the backup to start the season, has completed 70 percent of his passes for 797 yards and six touchdowns since being named the starter in week three.

But what makes Oklahoma truly scary, is its defense. 

Last season OU could not stop anyone, allowing over 40 points in three of its final four games. Now the Sooners "D" ranks sixth in the country, allowing just 13 points per contest. 

It's weird to call OU a dark horse for the National Championship, but the AP and USA today polls have not given respect to the strength of the Big 12 as a conference. Although, the BCS will surely change that.

Nevertheless, keep your eyes on Bob Stoops' squad. If OU can make it through the next month unscathed, don't be shocked If the Sooners are sent to Pasadena.

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