9-27-07 - Oklahoma's average margin of victory this season is nearly 50 points, and Sooners coach Bob Stoops is pleased with the machine-like efficiency his team has shown so far.
That robotic approach is likely to continue Saturday when third-ranked Oklahoma brings its high-powered offense to Folsom Field, where it will begin defense of its Big 12 championship against Colorado.
The Sooners have scored an average of 61.5 points while limiting opponents to just under 11.8 per game. Oklahoma's lowest-scoring game so far this season came on Sept. 8, when it still put up 51 against Miami.
"I say it in a positive and complimentary way, they've been really very robotic in how they've gone about their business and the way they've practiced, the way they've prepared, and just their attitude overall," Stoops said of Oklahoma, which is looking for it's sixth win in a row over Colorado (2-2, 0-0).
Besides leading the FBS in scoring average, the Sooners are one of five teams with 15 passing TDs this season and their defense has allowed a total of 177 rushing yards. The efficiency Oklahoma (4-0, 0-0) has used to blow out all of its opponents in 2007 could easily continue with this game - the Sooners have won by an average of more than three touchdowns during their streak over the Buffaloes.
"There are no real weaknesses," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said of Oklahoma. "You don't look at anybody and say, 'Oh, I bet we can get this on that guy.' There is none of that here. They are a very complete football team."
But Hawkins also believes his team can come away with a win.
"Anybody is beatable and anybody can beat you," he said. You have to play efficient an you have to do things right .. You have to play clean, but can Appy State beat Michigan? Yeah. You can win and lose on any given Saturday."
Oklahoma trailed for the first time all season on Friday against in-state rival Tulsa before roaring back for a 62-21 win. Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford had two long touchdown passes and Allen Patrick ran for 145 yards and two scores.
DeMarco Murray sandwiched two short touchdown runs around an 81-yard punt return for another score. Murray already has nine TDs this season, but said the Sooners aren't content with their early-season success.
"I feel like coach Stoops, the things that he's been talking about in the meetings, he feels that we've been listening to him and he just showed us a bunch of stuff that we've done wrong the last game," Murray said. "He wants us to improve, and I think we are going to improve tremendously just listening to what coach Stoops said and listening to our other coaches. We've just got to listen and just take care of business."
Under Stoops, Oklahoma is 6-1 in Big 12 openers.
Colorado closed out non-conference play and avoided its third straight loss by routing Miami of Ohio 42-0 on Saturday. Cody Hawkins, the son of the Buffaloes coach, was 19-of-30 for 275 yards with two touchdown passes and ran for a third score.
Hugh Charles, Demetrius Sumler and Brian Lockridge each scored one touchdown and combined for 304 of Colorado's 359 rushing yards. A week earlier in a 16-6 loss to Florida State, the Buffaloes were held to minus-27 yards on the ground.
"I was really pleased with how those guys turned it up a notch," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins said. "They got north and south, ran a little harder and were a little more physical that way. You probably will see a similar lineup on Saturday in that way."
Colorado's resurgent ground game may get a boost as Oklahoma will play its first game without defensive end John Williams, who underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. Williams had a sack and four tackles for a loss against Tulsa before suffering his second season-ending injury in three years. He also tore a knee ligament in the 2005 opener against TCU.
Alonzo Dotson, who started against Miami, is expected to take over Williams' spot on the defensive line opposite Auston English.