NORMAN —Hate to do this on a weekend, but it's time for a pop quiz.
We're going to do this in reverse. I'm going to give you the answers and then supply the questions.
A. 19.97 percent.
B. 32.86 percent.
C. 1.23 percent.
Before we get to the questions, let it be noted Oklahoma pounded Texas A&M by a 65-10 count Saturday night before a crowd of 85,003 at Owen Field. A nice win for the home team, but the Aggies did some gift-wrapping with four turnovers.
The Sooners' defense excelled against the conference's No. 2 offense, but really no surprise there. OU's sputtering offense ran smoothly at times, but it came against the conference's No. 10 defense.
Cornerback Brian Jackson had a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown; quarterback Landry Jones recovered nicely from his five interceptions last week; running back DeMarco Murray regained his game-breaker status; and the Sooners auditioned their third placekicker this season.
That pretty much covers the game. Now, back to the math.
As everyone knows, OU has battled the odds all season. After all, what are the odds of losing last year's Heisman Trophy winner, and America's best tight end, and three other starters, all to season-ending injuries?
After losing last week at Nebraska, the 5-4 Sooners fell out of the Top 25 for the first time is 60 weeks and fans wanted to know their team's chances of winning the final three games of the regular season.
Mike Brooks is OU's football historian and statistician. He's got more numbers than he knows what to do with, so he playfully did some calculations.
Brooks determined the Sooners had an 80-percent chance of beating Texas A&M, a 52-percent chance of winning at Texas Tech next Saturday, and a 48-percent chance of beating Oklahoma State in Norman on Nov. 28.
To find the answer, Brooks said you multiply the three numbers together — .80 x .52 x .48. That gives you 19.9 percent.
With Texas A&M out of the way, what are their odds of the Sooners winning their last two regular-season games?
After Saturday's results in Norman and Stillwater, Brooks now believes there is a 62-percent chance of OU winning at Texas Tech and a 53-percent chance of beating OSU, which defeated the Red Raiders 24-17 on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Multiply the two numbers and you get your answer.
With Saturday night's victory, OU is bowl eligible for the 11th straight season under coach Bob Stoops. Because the Sooners' postseason opponent has yet to be determined, it's impossible to calculate their chances of finishing 9-4.
That brings us to the final answer, which could be somewhat comforting to those who before this season had such high hopes of OU winning its eighth national championship.
The question: What were the Sooners' chances of going 14-0 in 2009?
The answer: C.
That's right, if everything had clicked just right this year, Brooks figures there still would have been only a 1.23-percent chance OU would have won it all.
Anybody feel better?
Bonus question: What were the odds quarterback Sam Bradford, tight end Jermaine Gresham, offensive lineman Brody Eldridge, defensive end Auston English and offensive tackle Jarvis Jones all being lost for the season due to injury?
Brooks smiled, shrugged and said, "A lot worse than winning the national championship."
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