Oklahoma suffered one of the worst losses of the season on Saturday but there’s no reason to smash that panic button just yet.
Of all the upsets that could happen during Week 6 of the college football season, maybe the one folks picked the least was the Iowa State Cyclones stunning the Oklahoma Sooners on the road in Norman. Iowa State came into this game as one of the worst teams in the Big 12 and they were without quarterback Jacob Park, who left the team to deal with an undisclosed medical issue.
Following the loss, of course, the cries were far and wide from around the country of the season being hopeless now for the Sooners. However, that might not actually be the case, as there is some cause for optimism the rest of the way.
3. It’s still somewhat early enough to eat a loss
It’s always been said, that if you’re a team with championship hopes in college football and you’re going to eat a loss, then you better swallow that thing early. Now, yes, this generally pertains to taking a bad loss in the month of September, but the first week of October isn’t the worst-case scenario in the world either.
There is still ample time for head coach Lincoln Riley and the Sooners to regroup from what happened on Saturday and get things back on track to give the College Football Playoff committee a positive view of them down the road if needed.
Oklahoma really could only afford one loss on their resume, it happened, but at least it happened fairly early. But now the margin for error is non-existent.