The Promising Parts

Sticking with the theme of five after OU is 5-0 following their first five contests, Sooners Illustrated provides that many things that have been encouraging about the season so far up to the bye week.

1. Contributions from the freshmen--A host of youngsters have got in on the action, and four true freshmen have even started games for the Crimson and Cream, including safety Tony Jefferson, cornerback Aaron Colvin, wide receiver Kenny Stills and fullback Trey Millard. OU would not be perfect without the help of these guys from the most recent recruiting class.

2. Turnover margin--Championship teams win the turnover battle consistently, and that's just what the Sooners have done throughout their first five outings. They are tied for first in the NCAA in turnover margin at plus-2.0, as they have 14 takeaways to only four giveaways. Keep on this course, and only good things can continue to happen.

3. OU is winning close games--The importance of this can't be emphasized enough. Every team that wins a national title has to make it through a close game at some point, and OU is 4-for-4 this year in one possession wins over Utah State, Air Force, Cincinnati and Texas. Two of those, Air Force and Cincy, came by less than three points.

4. Quarterback Landry Jones' play away from Norman--Last year, it was a widely known fact that Jones struggled away from home. However, in two contests away from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in the first five weeks, Jones has been solid. In games at Cincinnati and against Texas in Dallas, he has combined to complete 66.7 percent of his passes for 606 yards and four touchdowns. But the biggest thing is he hasn't turned the ball over, with the exception of a late game interception at Cincinnati.

5. Emergence of a couple reliable threats in the passing game outside of star Ryan Broyles--The biggest difference in the receiving corps between 2009 and 2010 so far has been the guys around Broyles. Stills has stepped up as a solid No. 2 receiver, and Dejuan Miller has really kicked it into another gear as well, and Cameron Kenney is vastly improved. Tight end James Hanna has even emerged recently.

Check here for the five things that haven't been so encouraging so far in the first five weeks.

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