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October 2, 2013

Heupel hoping to ignite Sooners’ offense



“It’s been the same thing from the start. It’s not an easy thing to play college football. There’s a lot of responsibilities, there’s a lot of things day in and day out and you have to accomplish. It’s more than just running a deep ball. He’s just got to be more consistent,” Norvell said. “He’s going through some things right now. He’s trying to get his hands around it. And so we just wish him the best as he works his way through that.”

Big crowd: There were more than 80,000 in attendance at last Saturday’s OU-Notre Dame game. Blake Bell said a good amount of them were members of his family.

“I think I had like 17 or 20 of them all staying at a house. They rented a house and you look up in the stands and you see all of them there,” he said. “That’s just great support flying all the way to South Bend to watch you play. That’s great.”

Sooners at No. 8 in BCS projection: The first official BCS standings won’t be released until Oct. 13, but current projections have Oklahoma at No. 8 through the first five weeks of the season, according to

But it is important note the blessing/curse for the Sooners this season. They along with Ohio State are the only teams in the top 10 that do not have at least one more current top 10-opponent on the schedule. That makes winning all the remaining games, seemingly, easier. That’s the blessing.

But there’s a downside to that for the Sooners. Their schedule only includes three opponents — No. 20, Texas Tech, No. 17 Baylor and No. 22 Oklahoma State — that are in the top 43.

Size concern: Through four games, the changes defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has implemented seem to be a success. OU is currently No. 6 in the country in scoring defense.

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