NORMAN — Nobody mentioned it Monday when it was Bob Stoops’ turn to speak. Strangely, not being about his changing offense or shakeups to his lineup, he might have offered one of his better answers.
But it would have been premature. It would have been premature to ask him if he thinks beyond this week to the possibility of winning a Big 12 championship, or beyond, to getting back into the national championship race. And, it would have seemed premature to float such opportunities for a team that has played only one good game against one real team.
It would not, though, have been crazy.
Because the Big 12 has never been so deep with so many good teams and ranked teams and teams that scare other teams (like, really, who wants to play Iowa State in Ames?), every conceivable outcome remains possible.
Just take a look at the Associated Press Top 25. It’s hard to know how much it will correlate with the first round of BCS standings, but West Virginia is No. 5, Kansas State is No. 6, Oklahoma is No. 13 and Texas is No. 15 (it’s Nos. 4, 5, 10 and 15 in the USA Today coaches poll).
TCU and Iowa State are Nos. 23 and 25 in the coaches poll and receiving votes in the AP poll. Baylor and Texas Tech are receiving votes in both polls. Oklahoma State is receiving votes in the coaches poll.
That’s 9 of 10 conference teams at least somebody believes belongs in the top 25.
Texas coach Mack Brown thinks it might shake out one way.
“In my estimation, we could see a conference champion with one or two losses this year; the way the league is, because there’s so much parity in the league,” he said. “So this game is really important — not just that it’s the OU game, but that it matters in your league.”