The Oklahoma Sooners offense is dominant...against weak defenses. They proved that once again with a 42-34 victory on Saturday afternoon in Norman.
The win is obviously vital for No. 12 Oklahoma's hopes of reaching a BCS bowl game, but that is only because it avoided a loss. The Sooners did nothing to answer any prevailing questions about their team and they won't get a huge boost in the polls because of it.
The Sooners wound up with 460 yards of total offense in this game. They did that with a wonderful mix of passing and rushing.
The problem is that Baylor is 117th in the nation in points allowed. In fact, the Sooners mustered just under three points more than the average Baylor has allowed.
Also, Oklahoma didn't do anything against the Bears that most opponents aren't doing. For the season, the Bears are allowing 4.7 yards allowed per rush. Oklahoma ran for 4.6 yards per carry on Saturday.
Landry Jones threw for 277 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Coming into this game, Baylor had allowed opposing QBs a 148.2 passer rating and they have pulled in just nine interceptions while allowing 24 touchdown passes.
So the Sooners ran up some nice stats against a team that seems to do nothing but allow nice stats. That leaves the Sooners loss to Notre Dame sticking out like a sore thumb.
The Sooners have put up huge numbers in a Big 12 conference that concerns itself very little with playing defense. Against the Irish, a team that has a legitimate defense, the Sooners scored just 13 points.
There is very little to suggest that that is not the kind of performance the Sooners would put up against a tough defense.
And all of this doesn't even get into the Sooners defense, which also did nothing to help this team get a boost in the polls.
The Sooners did hold Baylor to just under nine points fewer than its season average, but that is an average run up largely against poor defenses. In other words, Oklahoma's defense was nothing but average on this day, and this team once again showed it does not have the offense to make up for that defense enough to be considered elite.
Don't look for the Sooners to make much of a jump in the polls this week.