Around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, when Texas’ Chris Ogbonnaya swept outside, turned upfield and found an acre of open Cotton Bowl turf, the first tremor was felt.
About eight hours later, when Oklahoma State’s Patrick Lavine dove for an interception on Missouri’s Faurot Field, the upheaval was complete. Saturday was a cataclysmic day in Big 12 football. A day that did more than shake up the league standings and the AP poll. This was the kind of day that could, and no doubt will, have repercussions for years to come. First, Texas toppled top-ranked Oklahoma 45-35. Then OSU shocked second-ranked Missouri 28-23. Thrilling, dramatic games. Games not so much lost, as won. Games that completely snared the national spotlight for the Big 12. Think of it this way. The Big 12 started the day with two of the top three teams in the AP poll. Both lost, yet the league suffered no appreciable drop in poll status. Last week, Big 12 teams were ranked 1-3-5-7-16-17. This week, Big 12 teams are ranked 1-4-7-8-11-15. So Saturday didn’t hurt the league. In fact, Saturday enhanced the Big 12. That’s small consolation to folks in Norman and Columbia, but the near future of Big 12 football changed. First, Texas has the jump on OU. The Sooners don’t figure to be as strong in 2009; the Longhorns figure to be better, though it’s hard to be better than UT’s current ranking of No. 1. The Bob Stoops mastery of Mack Brown is out of steam. Mack is 4-6 vs. Stoops and 5-6 vs.