Five Takeaways From the Oklahoma Football Victory over Kansas State

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Sep 19, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners tight end Mark Andrews (81) and Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Dede Westbrook (11) celebrate after a touchdown against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane during the second quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma’s Goals – Well, Some –  Are Still Attainable

Prior to every season, Bob Stoops emphasizes that one of the Sooners’ primary goals is capturing a Big 12 title. And even though the loss to Texas represented a significant step back, Oklahoma can still come away with a Big 12 crown if the Sooners win out. Given the tough murderer’s row OU will face in November, this may be a tall order. But if the Sooners can continue to play as well as they did against Kansas State, a Big 12 title is not an unachievable dream. Oklahoma must continue to build upon the stellar defensive performance in Manhattan and continue to be consistent on offense.

Garnering a spot in the College Football Playoff, however, may be outside of the realm of possibility. A one-loss Oklahoma team (and that loss an ugly affair against a bad Texas team) may be hard pressed to distinguish itself from, say, a one-loss SEC champion. The Big 12’s lack of a championship game is already a tough hurdle to overcome; combining that with an  ugly loss in a rivalry game may be just too much to overcome. But in this crazy, topsy-turvy college football season, anything could happen.

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