Oklahoma vs. Texas: How Sooners' Blowout Victory Impacts Big 12 Landscape

Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 13, 2012

Oct 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Landry Jones (12) throws in the pocket against the Texas Longhorns during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
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The Oklahoma Sooners have won their third straight game over the Texas Longhorns in a classic beatdown in the Red River Rivalry by a score of 63-21. Bob Stoop's club has found a way to really take it to Mack Brown's team once again, as the Sooners have won by over 30 points for the second year in a row.

Before this matchup took place, there was a total of four Big 12 teams in the most recent AP Poll, and many of those clubs had hopes of qualifying for a BCS bowl. Besides the SEC, you could make a solid argument that the Big 12 conference is the deepest in all of college football.

But with a second straight loss for the Longhorns, the picture is beginning to look a little clearer on who the pretenders and contenders are for this conference.


Texas is Out of the Conversation

Forget about Texas, as they are who we thought they were.

Quarterback David Ash is not an elite quarterback despite what his season numbers say. The running game has not been as potent as we thought it would be throughout the year, and the defense allows way too many big plays to be considered a top unit in the country. 

This was supposed to be one of the more talented teams Coach Brown has had in a while, but it seems like it is still missing a few things.

West Virginia was able to run up and down the field on this Longhorns defense last week, and the Sooners did the same thing today—not to mention the offense couldn't get going against the Sooners defense, a unit that was ranked 17th in the country coming into this matchup.

With two consecutive losses for this team, the Longhorns are practically out of the Big 12 title hunt. With tough matchups still on the schedule, they can forget about a BCS bowl shot as well.


Welcome Back Oklahoma

We build them up, they disappoint us.

Maybe this is actually the week that college football can continue to believe in the Oklahoma Sooners.

Stoop's club improves to 4-1, with two straight solid victories over Texas Tech and now Texas. The defense was already one of the best in the country coming into this meeting, but was able to have its way on a Longhorns offense that averaged over 45 points per game. And while quarterback Landry Jones still has yet to emerge as a star, the running game managed to average over six yards a carry in the blowout victory.

The Sooners still have a tough road ahead, with games against Notre Dame, West Virginia and Oklahoma State, but if they can play like this the rest of the way, there's no reason they can't be a BCS contender down the stretch.


Kansas State Still Call the Shots

Regardless of how poor the Longhorns looked this afternoon or how great the Sooners appeared, Kansas State is still the top dog this season in the conference. They aren't just Big 12 contenders, but will remain in the BCS National Championship conversation barring a loss along the way.

With West Virginia recently suffering an upset to Texas Tech, the Wildcats are now the favorites to win the Big 12 title. Sure, teams such as the Mountaineers and Sooners are still alive, but Kansas State is now the only undefeated team remaining in the conference.

Oklahoma will still get a shot at West Virginia later in the year, as the Sooners will take a trip to Morgantown, which will help close the gap on those teams late in the year.

We learned today that Texas is a pretender and that Oklahoma isn't ready to go down without a fight, but until a loss occurs to that feisty Kansas State team, the Wildcats will end up surprisingly winning this conference.