The Oklahoma Sooners were supposed to breeze through their remaining schedule until the December 3 matchup with in-state rival Oklahoma State. The winner of that game was supposed to go on and play in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
Unfortunately for the Sooners, Texas Tech didn't see it playing out that way.
Tommy Tuberville and the Red Raiders marched into Norman last night and handed the Sooners their first loss at home in 39 games. Surprised, shocked, broken—all can describe the current state of the Sooners. But can they recover from the disastrous 41-38 loss?
Well, the answer to that question depends on your definition of recover.
Will the Sooners win some more games this season and possibly head to a BCS Bowl game?
But will they recover and become a national title contender again?
It doesn't get any easier for the Sooners next week when they head on the road to play the unbeaten Kansas State Wildcats. Although the Sooners are probably the better team, winning on the road in college football is one of the hardest feats in sports.
The following week, they welcome Texas A&M to Norman for another tough matchup with a ranked team.
Despite a few tough games, the Sooners should win their four games before the big matchup against the Cowboys to decide each team's BCS fate. The Cowboys should be undefeated at the time of the game, making for one great college football game in Stillwater.
Being the home team, the Cowboys should be the favorites, but it will be a very evenly-matched football game. Up until last night, the defense would have given the Sooners the edge, but they allowed 41 points to Texas Tech, putting into question everything you thought you knew about them.
The Red Raiders have good offense, but the Cowboys have a great offense that should give the Sooners' D the same, if not more, problems.
So, can the Sooners recover from the loss to the Red Raiders?
Yes, but the Oklahoma State Cowboys will squash their hopes of playing in a BCS game