Sooners Psyched for Second Half

OU has made it through its off week unscathed and still has its eyes on the prize.

Well, the Sooners have their eyes on multiple prizes really.

With an undefeated 5-0 start and 1-0 mark in Big 12 play after finishing the "first" half of their season leading into their idle week, OU is the frontrunner in the South for the championship game and at No. 6 still has a very legitimate chance to make it to the National Championship.

"It's really exciting," said quarterback Landry Jones. "I'm so excited and proud of our team. We've won some tough games and shown what we're made of, and now it's time to step it up into another level, step our team up into another level of play."

Enough said for why there shouldn't be much concern about the motivation of this team and if the bye week possibly took some of their momentum away.

"You know, we're still really motivated," said left guard Stephen Good. "We didn't lose anything off this bye week. We didn't lose anything having a weekend off. We're still rolling and we're still ready to go."

If anything, it allowed the Sooners to reflect on some things and take a breather after four one possession victories in five outings.

"I feel like we needed that off week because we got to go back to some of the things that we started early in the season like going back to the basics and, you know, not so much of just game planning, but we got to go back and tighten up some of the things that need to be done," Good said.

Some things that will really benefit them in making it through a tough slate of land mines that consume the rest of October and November before a possible Big 12 Championship game in December.

"Yeah, we got a stretch of seven games here that's going to be the start of our second half," Jones said. "And if we're going to make a national championship run, we have to take it week-by-week. You know, we can't count anybody out. We can't take Iowa State lightly. You know, they're coming in playing really good football right now, so we have to focus totally on them, prepare for them like we would any team."

With that said, nothing would be better for the Crimson and Cream than to come out and post a big victory over the Cyclones Saturday.

"It would be huge," Good said. "You know, they played Tech really good and [it'd be big] just coming out here and making a statement saying, ‘You know, we're here to play in the Big 12. We're here to, you know, win every game.' It would be huge to come out and make a statement like that."

And so the second half begins.

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