Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel quickly pointed out on Sunday night that very fact.
“I think our guys are excited to play in a big ball game against a great opponent and play on the road. Our guys look forward to that challenge,” he said. “For the most part, we’ve played extremely well for the last year and a half on the road and this will be a big test.”
But huge road tests have been infrequent during that stretch. Only two of those games were against ranked teams — Texas Tech last season and Notre Dame in September.
Nonetheless, the Sooners were at their best in both instances, winning both games by at least 15 points.
Three straight would be enough to throw the Big 12 title race for an interesting loop, cause some shuffling in the BCS standings and help reinstitute OU as a program that wins big games like Thursday’s.
It all starts with embracing the spotlight and not trying to hide from it.
OU certainly isn’t.
“This is why you sign the paper and come to college and play in atmospheres like this,” defensive end Geneo Grissom said.
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