Not unexpectedly, Oklahoma football took a big tumble in the national rankings after getting beat rather handily by now 6th-ranked Houston in Week 1 of the 2016 college season.
Oklahoma dropped 10 spots, to 13th, in the Associated Press media poll and are No. 14 this week in the Amway Coaches Poll. Houston gained about as many spots as the Sooners lost in the AP poll, and the Cougars picked up six spots, to No. 7, in this week’s Coaches Poll.
Call it the curse of a top-five preseason ranking, or whatever suits your fancy. The bottom line is that the previously No. 3-ranked Sooners failed to execute when they needed to on both sides of the ball, on special teams, and even on the sidelines.
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When you have that many breakdowns in a game, you’re not going to come out on the winning end very often. And especially when you are going up against another top-20 team.
It might also have something to do with being ranked in the three-spot in the national polls to begin the season. The last time Oklahoma was ranked No. 3 in the AP preseason poll, in 2009 in Sam Bradford’s final season, the Sooners opened the year losing to another top-20 team in BYU.
Perhaps this year’s OU team can take some solace in the knowledge that the 2009 Sooners rebounded in their two games, outscoring their opponents by the combined score of 109-0.
The Sooners are no longer the highest ranked team in the Big 12. Texas’ 50-47, two-overtime upset win over Notre Dame moved the Longhorns up to No. 11 in the AP poll. TCU, which held on to defeat South Dakota State 55-41 on opening weekend, is now one spot ahead of 14th-ranked OU in the Coaches Poll. The Horned Frogs are now just one back of Oklahoma in the AP Top 25.