Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Abomination has spoken

The Sooners have pushed past Texas in the BCS standings with their 61-41 victory over OSU in Stillwater. This breaks the 3 way tie for first in the Big XII South and puts OU into the Big XII title game against Missouri.

If the Sooners win, they'll likely be in the national championship game against the winner of the SEC title game, which features #1 Alabama vs. #4 Floriday.

People, Texas beat OU and Texas Tech beat Texas. Here's how OU got the nod:

Big 12: Oklahoma (fifth tiebreaker)

1. The records of three teams will be compared against each other (all are 1-1)

2. The records of three teams will be compared within their division (all are 4-1)

3. The records of three teams will be compared to next highest placed teams in their division (all beat Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas A&M)

4. The records of three teams against common opponents (all beat Kansas, only common North opponent)

5. Team with top BCS ranking (No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Texas, No. 7 Texas Tech)

Is anyone up for a Borda count or something?


skeptic said...

How does the BCS reconcile the undefeated Boise State question? I understand that the WAC isn't nearly as competitive as other divisions, but there has to be some means od reconciling the fact that there are undefeated teams out there and the "National Champion" will have a loss.

Anonymous said...

Uh, Skeptic, Alabama is undefeated. If they beat Fla next week, and then beat OK in the BCS championship, they will be an undefeated National Champion.

Plus if you understand that the WAC isn't nearly as competitive, haven't you just answered your own question?


SJT said...

If Bama beats both Florida and Oklahoma I'll eat a Bear Bryant style Houndstooth hat.

The answer to skeptic is that the BCS can't reconcile that an undefeated team will be left out of the championship game. Its happened before, and it will happen to at least 3 teams this year (not just Boise but Utah and Ball State too).

The BCS is set up by and run for the benefit of the 6 BCS conferences, mostly as a money making venture. Crowning a national champion is only nominally its function. There are a few tweaks from the old way of deciding a champion, most notably the fact that a Big 10 or Pac 10 team in contention isn't locked into the Rose Bowl. Everything else is just window dressing.

Anonymous said...

Tie breaker shmi-breaker. When it comes down to the BCS I think a new rule should be written that keeps either OU or Ohio State from being allowed to embarrass themselves in another BCS bowl game.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Oklahoma is still reeling from the embarrassment of that Orange Bowl against Florida State. And I doubt Ohio State will ever live down the Fiesta Bowl against Miami.