College Football Rankings Week 5: Why Oklahoma Should Remain at No. 1

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 congratulates wide receiver Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners after scoring a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers on September 24, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma defeated Missouri 38-28.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma Sooners are coming off of an impressive 38-28 win against Big 12 rival Missouri.

After falling behind early, the Sooners found their groove and got hot on offense even without two of their top three wideouts.

It looked like it was going to be the same result as last year, when the Tigers beat the top-ranked Sooners at home and ended their brief stay on top of the BCS.

Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles made quick work of any of that talk.

Jones hit Broyles for three touchdown passes en route to a convincing victory to extend Oklahoma's winning streak against the Tigers in Norman to 18 straight games.

A lot of people have speculated that LSU has made their case to be No. 1 with their three victories over three consecutive ranked opponents. 

With the Sooners and the Alabama Crimson Tide ahead of them, they may not have enough ammunition to jump over No. 1 and No. 2. Oklahoma is the real deal on the football field and they deserve the top ranking in the BCS.

Led by Landry Jones, the Sooners can strike from anywhere on the field with their numerous offensive weapons. 

All-American receiver Ryan Broyles, Jazz Reynolds and Kenny Stills have all proven that they can be reliable targets for Jones at quarterback and stretch the field and make opposing defenses play coverage.

The Sooners can also grind the football out as they have two dynamic running backs in Dominique Whaley and Roy Finch. They can control the clock and impose Oklahoma's will on a game, something that was proven yesterday as Whaley had over 100 yards rushing and earned tough yards against a tough Missouri defense.

Defensively, the Sooners have a championship-caliber defense that is led by All-America LB Travis Lewis and DE Frank Alexander. 

They have the ability to rush the passer and make plays against the run and pass. Yesterday against Missouri, James Franklin was unable to sustain any momentum after coming out and throwing a touchdown pass early in the game.

Oklahoma deserves to remain No. 1. They have a complete team on both sides of the ball and a coach that will not tolerate any letdowns yet still rips his team a new one when they win games. 

The Sooners may have started out slow, but they played like the best team in the land when they overcame last season's biggest setback by dominating Missouri and avoiding an early season trip up on their way to the BCS.