NORMAN, Okla. - The Sooners might just have the biggest road win of the year and now the season seems to have opened up for Oklahoma.
After improving to 4-0 with a 35-21 win at Notre Dame, the Sooners improved to No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the Coaches Poll.
But more importantly than the win over Notre Dame is the schedule the rest of the way. OU is at home against TCU Saturday and then will take on Texas on Oct. 12. The Sooners still have undefeated Texas Tech and Baylor on the schedule.
However, TCU isn't the team that many projected to win the league after losing its starting quarterback. Oklahoma State lost at West Virginia and Texas has been blown out twice, including once at home to Ole Miss.
No. 16 Baylor (3-0) looks to be the toughest game left.
"If we win them all, it will take care of itself," said defensive back Aaron Colvin.
Well, sort of. OU could very well go undefeated, but the Sooners will certainly have to get some help to get to the BCS title game. Alabama is No. 1 and Oregon is No. 2. Each still has big games left, including Oregon taking on Stanford. Florida State (4-0 and No. 8 plays against 4-0 and No. 3 Clemson. No. 7 Louisville is the only unbeaten team ahead of OU that doesn't have a game left against a top-10 team.
One-loss Georgia (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 9) and LSU (No. 10) are ahead of Oklahoma. While the road win against Notre Dame is impressive and will help OU with the upcoming computer polls, previous wins against West Virginia, Tulsa and ULM don't look as powerful. West Virginia did beat Oklahoma State, but the Moutaineers were blown out 37-0 against Maryland. Tulsa has been a disappointment and ULM isn't hte same kind of team that upset Arkansas last year and made a bowl game - not yet, anyway. Things could change.
"No one around here is satisfied with beating one team," cosh Bob Stoops said of beating Notre Dame. "Maybe some other places, but that's not how it works around here."