OU will have more than a chance, because at the moment the once mighty Big 12 South looks dreadful, culminating Saturday with seventh-ranked Texas being blown out at home 41-21 by Kansas State.
But the next two weeks are crucial.
If the Sooners can handle the reeling Longhorns, then hold off undefeated Missouri in Norman, they should be in control of the league.
OU has rebounded before. After losses to Oregon and Texas last year, the Sooners recovered to win the Big 12 and appear in the Fiesta Bowl. The same can happen this season.
But first, OU must rekindle its identity of controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides, shutting down the run and tossing the ball deep to Kelly.
"The Big 12 South, we can still come out and win that,” Bradford said. "If we want to achieve the goals we set at the beginning of the season, we have to come out and play hard and play to the best of our ability ever week.”