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Oklahoma football: Sooners at a crossroads in 2012 season

OU FOOTBALL — Win on Saturday and the Sooners are suddenly looking pretty in the Big 12 race. But a loss to Texas Tech could spell trouble for the rest of the season.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 5, 2012

/articleid/3716260/1/pictures/1850775">Photo - Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops talks with Tom Wort (21) and Tony Jefferson (1) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Saturday, September 22, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops talks with Tom Wort (21) and Tony Jefferson (1) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Saturday, September 22, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Hard to imagine a team ranked fourth nationally in the preseason could tumble this far this fast, but that's the fate that awaits OU football if it does what it usually does here on the West Texas plains.

The Sooners haven't won in Lubbock since 2003, but that must change Saturday, else you just thought Bob Stoops had troubles.

“We lost to Kansas State, and that's a game I feel like we should have won,” said safety Tony Jefferson. “Texas Tech last year, there's just so much going into this game that desires us to win this game.”

No doubt about it. Lubbock isn't the end of the Earth. But the Sooners will be able to see it from here if they lose this game.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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