Oklahoma's hopes for return to glory begin at home?


It wasn't that long ago that the toughest place in the nation to play was Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners had the nation's longest home winning streak at 39 games, also the ninth-longest in the history of college football.

Last year, however, Oklahoma was a disaster at home. The Sooners missed a late chip-shot field goal in a loss to Kansas State, got blown out by Baylor and fell in overtime to Oklahoma State.

The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson wrote that for the Sooners to recapture their former glory, they must re-establish their dominance at home.

"... If [the Sooners] want to get back in the business of being contenders and winning titles, it has to start at home," Carlson wrote. "They have to win every home game. They have to go undefeated on that Owen Field turf."

That includes beating TCU on Nov. 21, which could be a monumental home bout. Then again, it won't make much difference for the Sooners if they are 7-3 heading into that game. A Week 2 trip to Tennessee looms just as large, if not larger.

If Oklahoma can topple the Vols, it could serve as a sign that the Sooners might be on their way back -- which would include dominating the opposition in Norman again.