OU football: BCS treats the Sooners very, very well
Stunning results over the weekend. Saturday night, Texas Tech brought the Sooners crashing to Earth. A 41-38 Tech victory that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Sunday night, the BCS did what the BCS always does. Treated the Sooners very, very well.
OU fell to No. 9 in the BCS rankings, which is very generous, considering the Sooners lost at home to an unranked team. The Sooners remain ahead of such one-loss teams as Arkansas (only loss at Alabama), Michigan State (only loss at Notre Dame), Nebraska (only loss at Wisconsin) and Wisconsin (only loss at Michigan State).
And here’s the crazy part. The Sooners can rise and rise fast in the BCS. OU plays road games at two teams ahead of it in the BCS (Kansas State and Oklahoma State), plus another game (Texas A&M) against a team that sits just one spot from Wisconsin in the rankings. Heck, it wouldn’t be kooky to think the Sooners would jump past No. 7 Oregon if OU can win Saturday at Manhattan, Kan.
I wrote early Sunday morning that OU could not jump past Boise State. I was wrong. I think OU can jump Boise. Looking at the computers, the Sooners could jump Boise State rather easily. Boise State still plays some awful teams (New Mexico, UNLV) that will kill the Broncos’ computer rating. I had no idea the Harris (No. 8) and coaches (No. 9) polls would be so kind to the Sooners.
Here’s the truth. OU’s biggest problem is NOT its place in the BCS rankings. OU’s biggest problem is OU. Beating Kansas State. Beating A&M. Winning Bedlam. Given what we’ve seen from the Sooners, that’s a much tougher task than trying to leapfrog in the BCS.
Of course, the Sooners need some help to rise in the BCS. Primarily from Stanford and Clemson. Both have their share of tough games, and if both win out, they would deserve to go the national title game over a one-loss Oklahoma.
But help from Stanford and Clemson might be all the help the Sooners need, other than the most obvious help. Remember the golden rule of college football: The BCS helps those who help
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