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October 11, 2012

Weekend could shift expectations

NORMAN — Oklahoma meets Texas on Saturday, and the Sooners winning inside the Cotton Bowl would appear to open all kinds of opportunities.

Indeed, it might usher in a whole new way of looking at them this season, a way that appeared impossible less than a week ago.

They’d have to keep getting better, of course. Bob Stoops and staff would have to continue putting them in a position to be successful. But it could happen, and who knows where it might lead?

Oh, the possibilities.

Yet, while that might be the narrative for the football team that plays its games at Lindsey and Jenkins, it can also become the narrative for the two football teams that play their games between Pickard and Berry, between Main and Kansas, at least when they’re at home, at Harve Collins Field.

Norman North is there tonight, and the opponent, Edmond North, is the only team in the western half of the state still unbeaten. Many thought this year’s best-in-the-west honor would go to Edmond Santa Fe, especially once Midwest City began to flounder, but the Huskies beat the Wolves 26-13 Sept. 14 and have only kept winning since.

In the Transcript’s Class 6A rankings, Edmond North is No. 3 and Norman North would be No. 11 if the poll went one spot deeper.

Though there may be nobody left in town Friday night to accompany Norman High on its visit to Moore Stadium, where Southmoore will be waiting, the Tigers face a similar challenge and opportunity.

Though they lost opening night at the Crosstown Clash, the Tigers haven’t lost since. In their last four games, against Yukon, Mustang, Edmond Memorial and Choctaw, they’ve put up 179 points.

But now they have the SaberCats on the other side of the field, who have also lost only once (to Edmond Santa Fe the week after the Wolves were upset by the Huskies), who put themselves in the best-in-the-west sweepstakes only last week by taking down then-unbeaten Lawton, even at lost-in-time Cameron Stadium.

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