There aren’t a lot of times when you can make an impression on a national stage, especially in nonconference scenarios.
Essentially you have one chance to show what you can do, for better or worse. For Oklahoma, it’s for the better. The Sooners, for the third year in a row and fifth out of the last six years, have made that one major nonconference battle count.
No idea how the rest of the season is going to shake out, but OU definitely helped it potential cause going on the road to Tennessee and earning the 31-24 double overtime victory.
“I’m sure it would help, you would think it would,” said head coach Bob Stoops about the win meaning something to the college football playoff committee. “It was a great environment. When you win, sure it’s exciting.”
OU will have to hope this isn’t the highlight of its season as it sort of was for the Sooners last year in a 34-10 victory.
The Sooners swept the two-game set with the Vols and are 5-1 in the last six years in meetings with Florida State, Notre Dame and now Tennessee. The only loss came in 2012 at home against the Irish, who eventually played for the national championship.
Of course it doesn’t get any easier for the Sooners as out go the Vols and in come the reigning national champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
Ohio State will make the trip to Norman next season, while the Sooners will return the favor and head to Columbus in the 2017 season.