While the preseason college football rankings are completely speculative, number 3 Oklahoma seemed like a good bet to be among the four programs included in the end-of-season four team playoff. But the Sooners failed their first test of the season, falling 33-23in their season opener to #15 Houston at NRG stadium in Houston.
The win marks the first time in school history that Houston has knocked off two top 10 teams in a row, having beaten then-number nine Florida State in the Peach Bowl.
Though Houston were the better team for most of the game, the game turned totally in their favor when the Cougars returned a missed field goal attempt 100 yards for a touchdown.
The bad news, of course, is that one loss in college football is massive for a team with championship hopes. The silver lining for Oklahoma is that if they play to the level that’s expected of them come Big 12 season, an early September loss will be a distant memory at the end of the season.
The better team won today in Houston. Easy to analyze. But I'm loyal to the core. @OU_Football https://t.co/TOy5Lc28OS
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) September 3, 2016