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BCS title game needs a gunslinger like Brandon Weeden

by Berry Tramel Published: November 6, 2011

Kirk Herbstreit, college football's dreamboat, went all bug-eyed Saturday night high above Boone Pickens Stadium. Herby blamed it on the Oklahoma Earthquake.

A likely story. Who could get rattled by a 5.6 magnitude quake? I mean, we've seen a number of earthquakes that big in Oklahoma. And that number is one.

But that's not the only thing that happened Saturday night for the first time. Herbstreit was witness to far greater signs of the apocalypse.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys 9-0 and on a collision course with the No. 2 ranking in the BCS. Better yet, a rousing 52-45 victory over Kansas State that was so entertaining, it stole the thunder from LSU-Alabama's epic battle of field goals both made (five) and missed (four).

Yes, the Game of the Millennium had ferocious defense, the likes of which should carry LSU to the national title. LSU in the Superdome is too stiff a test for man or beast. But LSU-Alabama also had awful quarterbacking.

LSU's 9-6 overtime victory was a mercy killing. The teams took pity on college football fans and ended the darned thing. That game didn't take away our breath, it took away our interest. Especially of seeing these teams play again.

A Big Bowl rematch? Who could possibly want to see these teams play again?

Not the voters. More than one national scribe already has declared war on a rematch.

Far better for America to see fresh meat against LSU. OSU and quarterback Brandon Weeden. Stanford and Andrew Luck. Boise State and Kellen Moore. The Sooners and Landry Jones.

Anybody that can challenge the LSU defense.

Yes, defense was in short supply in Stillwater on Saturday night. The Cowboys aren't winning a national title with that kind of defensive performance and probably won't win the Big 12 with it, either.

But the spectacular entertainment – 29 points scored in the final 51/2 minutes; a goal-line stop by the Cowboys in the final 12 seconds – was a perfect script for the night.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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