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October 23, 2012

Making a statement

NORMAN — After Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas State, former Sooner coach Barry Switzer told the Tulsa World he believed OU’s talent level was down.

Of course, the Sooners have rolled off three straight convincing victories since. OU coach Bob Stoops clearly has an issue with anyone who believes his team lacks talent.

“I don’t buy that. You know what I mean?” he said. “Just because Adrian Peterson isn’t here or you don’t have a first-round draft pick. We’ve got talented guys. We don’t have Sam Bradford, we’ve got Landry Jones. Is he going to be the first guy taken in the draft? Maybe not. But he’ll be a first-round guy.

“Gerald McCoy. OK, we’re not going to have the guy that’s taken third in the draft, but we’ve got good guys, all across the board. And good players.

“I don’t believe that. Every year, from year to year, we’re not always going to have the first three guys taken in the draft or three of the first four or five. That isn’t going to happen every year. We’re as talented as about anybody we’ll play.”

Similar feeling: OU has talked about taking games one at a time all season and even more since the Sept. 22 loss to Kansas State. However, players can’t help but feel the buzz around campus and Norman with No. 5 Notre Dame coming to Owen Field on Saturday night.

“Absolutely, it’s similar to a Texas. It’s similar to that kind of atmosphere,” Sooner quarterback Landry Jones said. “When a team like Notre Dame comes into town. You’re going to have more emotions. You’re going to be more excited for teams like this than any of the other ones on your schedule. Although, with that excitement comes a responsibility to realize that it’s a football game and you play (your) best. Or, for me, I play the best when I’m not thinking, when I’m just going out there and cutting it loose.”

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