Mon Dec 01 11:59:05 PST 2008
Reporter: Daniel Gotera
The BCS got it right
The BCS got it right
Let me preface this blog post by saying I have no affiliation or bias towards anything in the Big 12. My allegiance is to a bowl bound team from Evanston, Illinois. But, I do know college football, at least I pretend to and one thing that I have come to realize is…
The Oklahoma Sooners are the right team to represent the Big 12 South in the Big 12 Championship.
From the very beginning I thought OU was the best team in the country. They lost to Texas yes, but that never swayed me from my previous thought. Now that we have come to the end of the season, three teams ended up tied a top the Big 12 South, Texas, OU and Texas Tech. Bevo beat Boomer, Boomer beat Raider and Raider beat Bevo.
How do we solve this? The way the computers did. Texas fans have 45-35 engrained in their minds so much they are probably going to petition Webster’s Dictionary to put it in their next edition with the definition being: why Texas should be above Oklahoma. Well, if we are going to use head to head results, then why isn’t Tech above UT? 39-33 anybody? Then OU should be above Tech right? 65-21 ring a bell? Head to head doesn’t matter. It all cancels out and shouldn’t included in this discussion.
Even though they all ended up tied, Texas Tech was somehow eliminated from the conversation at the start of this week. That being said, Tech’s removal from the discussion says a lot about the way OU demolished the Red Raiders. Tech was hurt more than the Sooners were helped by that beat down in Norman on the 22nd. I agree with Bob Stoops when he reiterated Sunday afternoon, that omission should say a lot about how much more of an impact an OU victory had on the race. Tiebreaker advantage: Oklahoma
Now that the tiebreaker is taken care of, look at the overall body of work. Oklahoma played TCU, Cincinnati, Washington and UT-Chattanooga in the pre-conference schedule. One is headed to a BCS bowl and the other should be. Texas beat up on Rice, FAU, UTEP and Arkansas. I know UT scheduled the Razorbacks a long time ago, but OU did the same with Washington. These pre-conference games are scheduled a long time in advance, but something tells me Rice, FAU and UTEP will never be what TCU and Cincinnati are. In conference, Oklahoma won a tough road game. The other two, didn’t. Texas beating Kansas in Lawrence is not the same as OU over #11 OSU in Stillwater. No matter how menacing the fighting Manginos are. Strength of schedule advantage: Oklahoma
Finally, I am a firm believer in how teams finish. Is there anyway to finish a season in a more convincing fashion than Oklahoma? They scored over 60 points their last four games, became the first team to beat OSU in Stillwater and laid a drubbing to the #2 team in the country. Texas struggled against Oklahoma State AT HOME, lost to Texas Tech and barely covered the spread against Texas A&M. How you finish advantage: Oklahoma
Three key categories in favor of Oklahoma. I guess the computers were thinking the same way. Now it’s your turn to way in on this BCS mess… Bevo, Boomer, Raider everybody…the floor is yours.
KXII Sports Reporter