OU-Texas week doesn't take focus off TCU setback
Typically on Monday of this week, the main focus for Bob Stoops is on the upcoming OU-Texas game. After a 37-33 loss to TCU over the weekend and the Sooners being a two-touchdown favorite over the Longhorns, much of the focus remained on what went wrong in Fort Worth and how the loss affects the Sooners' national title aspirations.
"I didn't feel we played very smart," Stoops said. "There were some situations that we didn't play like we're capable of, mentally. Therefore we didn't give ourselves the best opportunity to succeed either."
The Sooners entered the weekend one of the definite top-four teams in the country and had arguably been the most dominant. The loss sets them back to No. 11 in the polls and in a position now where there is no margin for error left if they plan on having a shot at the national title.
When projecting which four teams were most likely to make the playoff, the Sooners have been one of those teams with the thought of them running the table in the Big 12 and the Baylor game Nov. 8 likely to be the play-in game of sorts for the playoff. The emergence of the Horned Frogs not only beating OU, but now looking like a potential Big 12 title-contender has changed things.
The reality remains though, the road to the college football playoff still will likely go through Norman.