Texas’ Big 12 title hopes are shot
This is probably the biggest overreaction on this list. But Texas’ Big 12 title hopes were damaged in this four-point loss to the Sooners over the weekend.
Texas had the chance to gain sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings with a win over the Sooners. The loss puts Texas behind Oklahoma and the West Virginia Mountaineers in a four-way tie for third place in the Big 12 standings after Week 6.
Texas is 2-1 in Big 12 play, tying it with Kansas, Iowa State, and Texas Tech for third place in the conference standings.
The good news is Texas heads into the bye week, where it can rest up and get injured players healthier before a manageable second-half conference schedule. Texas doesn’t face any teams ranked in the AP Top 25 in the second half of the regular season, and it gets two of the next three games at home.
If Sark and the Longhorns win out in the second half of the regular season, that keeps their College Football Playoff hopes, and likely their Big 12 title hopes alive.
The bad news is the loss to the Sooners takes control of their destiny away from the Longhorns in their quest to make the Big 12 Championship Game. Since Texas lost to Oklahoma and West Virginia doesn’t play the Longhorns in the Big 12 slate this fall, the Burnt Orange must wait and hope for other teams to lose.
For Texas to get a rematch with Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game, the Longhorns must win, and West Virginia must lose twice. There is also the possibility that a one or no-loss (in Big 12 play) West Virginia team ousts the Sooners from the Big 12 title game with a win against them head-to-head this season and one other OU loss.