NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners’ perfect season is over, they lost to archrival Texas for the first time since 2009, and so they must find solace in something.
A chance to win the Big 12 Title still serves as that something.
With OU sitting 2-1 in the league and six games left on the conference schedule halfway through the season, the opportunity of a ninth Big 12 Championship is certainly in front of them if they win out.
“I mean, I think we can still win the Big 12 and even possibly go to the championship if we win out, keep playing good,” said right tackle Daryl Williams. “I mean, I think we know. Everybody knows we’re still in it.”
Leaving out the part about the national title, free safety Gabe Lynn agreed.
“Yeah, definitely,” Lynn said. “You know, I think we see that every year. You never know what’s going to happen, so as long as we keep winning games, I think we’ll put ourselves in a good position.”
Games remain on the slate against two of the three teams that remain undefeated in the league.
Those include a home date with Texas Tech a week from this Saturday and a Thursday night game in Waco in early November.
Wins there and a little help means the loss last weekend could mean very little except denying them a chance at national No. 8, which was most likely a slim probability anyway.
“Absolutely [we have a chance],” said defensive end Geneo Grissom. “You know, the Big 12 is a great conference. The best part about it is you never know every year, so absolutely we definitely feel like we’re still in the running.”
Head coach Bob Stoops has yet to address his team on that matter and instead insists OU just needs to get back on track before thinking ahead that much.
“I’ve talked to our guys about playing this week against Kansas. Everybody wants to project the end of the year, and we’ve been doing it for the last couple weeks and you can’t do it. You know, all we can do is be as prepared as we can be and as good as we can be for Kansas and that’s it and then take it the following week.”
But the fact that OU is coming off a devastating setback in a game it was favored by double-digits heading into requires the team to find something to pick them up off the ground.
It’s probable this discussion of still being in it for a trip to the Fiesta Bowl at the end of the year will serve as that pick-me-up.