The "What just happened?" home loss to an unranked team by a team in the Top Five seems to occur at least once a season.
This season was no exception.
On Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners, No. 3 in the BCS poll and poised to take over one of the Top Two spots after ether LSU or Alabama loses on Nov. 5, forgot to take care of their own business.
The Sooners found themselves down 24-7 in Norman at the half—including 17 unanswered second quarter points by Texas Tech. They mounted a furious rally led by Landry Jones, who fired five touchdown passes—four in the second half. However, they were unable to overcome Seth Doege's 441 passing yards, falling to the Red Raiders 41-38.
Even so, this monumental upset is not as awful as it looks at first glance.
Tech has a respectable record of 5-2 on the season, but their two losses are against Texas A&M, who is ranked No. 17 in the AP poll, and Kansas State, who is on the verge of cracking the BCS Top 10 when the polls come out. Further, their loss to A&M was a 45-40 barn-burner, and they battled K-State to a one-possession loss as well, 41-34.
In the second half, Oklahoma certainly showed that they have the quality of the Top 10 BCS team, outscoring the Red Raiders 31-17 after the break. Their offense continues to be explosive despite its poor start against Tech, putting up another 38 points in the loss.
The loss should drop Oklahoma from the Top Five, but not out of the Top 10.
When you look at BCS 10-20, you see a lot of teams with at least one loss on the docket, just like Oklahoma. Of those teams, can you honestly say any of them are better than Oklahoma?
The odds-makers would favor Oklahoma against any of the following opponents: Virginia Tech, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Michigan. A game against Oregon—who currently sits at No. 10 but will most likely move up—would be an interesting handicap for an odds-maker.
However, it is clear that Oklahoma, despite its loss this weekend, should remain a Top 10 BCS team when the poll comes out today—at least until their matchup with K-State this weekend.