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November 21, 2010

A totally different team

WACO, Texas —  Maybe everything is still possible. Or almost everything. Certainly more than anybody might have guessed before Oklahoma arrived to play Baylor.

Because the Sooner team that entered Floyd Casey Stadium Saturday night, the one that absolutely dismantled Baylor 53-24, looked nothing like the Sooner team that, well, let us count the games.

It looked nothing like the Sooner team that …

• Beat Utah State 31-24.

• Beat Air Force 27-24.

• Beat Cincinnati 31-29.

• Beat Texas 28-20.

• Lost at Missouri 36-27.

• Lost at Texas A&M 33-19.

It looked nothing like itself in six of its first 10 games this season. And it looked nothing like itself in four previous games played away from Owen Field.

It’s enough to leave the Sooner Nation joyous and angry all at once.

Because where was this band of Sooners at Columbia and College Station — not to mention all the rest — where a few less turnovers and mistakes might have left OU in the national championship hunt.

Yet that same Sooner Nation must rejoice in the knowledge that, though Oklahoma State has earned the right to be referred to as the best team in the Big 12’s South Division, the Pokes will still have to prove it this coming Saturday. No longer can they count on OU laying another egg away from home.

Just maybe, those days are over.

It’s a wondrous predicament for the state.

The Sooners or Cowboys will play in the last Big 12 championship game.

Don’t be surprised if Vegas deems it a pick’em game by the time it kicks off and if OU can just do in Stillwater what it has done here in Waco, well, a Stoops era seventh conference title might just be in the cards.

If OU can make the same plays all over again, there’s every reason to believe it will get the chance.

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