Unpopular Opinion | The Sooners Are Not Alone At the Top

This last weekend of college football proved to be a big one for the Big 12. Oklahoma State handily defeated 17th-ranked Boise State, Texas manhandled 22nd-ranked USC, Kansas throttled Rutgers, and Texas Tech won a shootout with Houston. Kansas State also destroyed UTSA, Oklahoma handled Iowa State, and even TCU looked pretty solid against Ohio State in a loss.

The biggest takeaway from the weekend, perhaps, is that the Sooners are not alone near the top of the conference. A loss never really helps your case, but TCU put up a heck of a fight against the Buckeyes. More importantly, the Cowboys went into the matchup with the Broncos as underdogs, but they came away as big winners.

Oklahoma’s offense is undoubtedly one of the best in the nation, even after losing running back sensation Rodney Anderson, but it is the defense on which the season truly hinges. Through the first two games, the Sooners looked unstoppable on the defensive side of the ball. However, Iowa State, who only scored three points in their one game prior to facing Oklahoma, managed to put up 27 points on the Sooners.

Oklahoma State’s defense, however, could be as good, or dare I say, even better than Oklahoma’s. The season is young, and there is a lot of football left to play before the in-state rivals meet for Bedlam in November, but the Cowboys have a favorable schedule until then, while the Sooners have a slightly tougher road.

At the beginning of the season, the Sooners were seemingly clear-cut favorites to win the conference, but there are potentially three other challengers (West Virginia, TCU, and Oklahoma State) who could be in the mix for the Big 12 titles.

Who knows, maybe even Texas could work their way into the conversation.

On second thought, maybe not.

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