Wednesday, November 30

College football Week 5 winners, losers: Oklahoma, Alabama lead list


Saturday was all about the race for 62.

Aaron Judge? Nice guess, but wrong sport.

TCU made a run at 62 points but dialed things back in the second half, settling for an eye-opening 55-27 win against No. 16 Oklahoma that ends the Sooners’ major-bowl hopes and raises serious concerns about how the rest of this season will go for OU and new coach Brent Venables.

Ranked as high as No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll just two weeks ago, the Sooners have dropped two straight to open conference play for the second time in three seasons and will need to roll off eight wins in a row to land in a New Year’s Six bowl.

Preseason favorites to win the Big 12 despite some major changes in coaching and personnel, OU is now at the bottom of the conference standings, doomed by an ineffective offense and a shockingly inept defense.

Given Venables’ background as one of the top coordinators of the century, this sort of collapse is enough to raise eyebrows across the Bowl Subdivision: TCU racked up 668 yards, with an incredible 361 coming on the ground, and had four touchdowns of 60 or more yards in scoring the most points OU had allowed in a Big 12 game since a 59-56 win against West Virginia in 2018.


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