Frost has taken McKenzie Milton from a two-star prospect into the No. 1 quarterback in the nation in passing efficiency.

“It’s crazy, isn’t it,” Lazard said. “What’s crazier is that we still haven’t played our best.”

When asked to step in at quarterback against OU, career backup Kyle Kempt showed the importance of preparation. He’s now 4-0 as a starter, ranking alongside J.T. Barrett, Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Jalen Hurts as the only active FBS quarterbacks to defeat more than one top-five foe.

“It doesn’t really matter,” Kempt said. “We haven’t won around here a lot, so why are we getting satisfied? We still have a long way to go.”

This was no slam dunk, either. During the spring, there was major uncertainty about whether Milton would win the starting job. Yet he has outperformed even the expectations Frost had for him, an unfamiliar concept for those who have watched the Florida offense at any point since Tebow left.

For years, the trade deadline was after Week 6 of the NFL season. That’s way too early for teams to be giving up on their chances, with the exception of the few teams that really stink it up in September.

But in 2012, the NFL pushed the deadline back to the Tuesday after Week 8. Those two extra weeks do a little bit more to sort out the contenders from the pretenders and give teams a better idea of what kind of postseason chances they have.

Pro Football Talk has suggested doing away with the deadline altogether, although that runs the risk of a team ditching an impending free agent in Week 17 and sending him to a Super Bowl contender. The reward of a compensatory draft pick nullifies that risk some, but the value of a trade deadline in the interest of fairness is understandable.ducks-010

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