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by Berry Tramel Modified: September 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm •  Published: September 14, 2009
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Photos by Steve Sisney and Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Beat Georgia, lose to Houston. What’s next? Lose to Baylor, beat Texas?

These upsets actually have been valuable lessons for all concerned, and excellent reminders what a great sport this is when it doesn’t go all WWE and fix results.

Not all pre-ordained results are betting-related. Gross mismatches, like OU-Idaho State and the upcoming OSU-Grambling game, are no more moral.

Automatic victories are the scourge of college football. But when you put real teams on the field, anything can happen.

Look at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes go to the wire with Navy one Saturday, then go to the wire with Southern Cal the next.

OSU-Georgia. OU-BYU. OSU-Houston. When it’s a fair fight, you never know what you might get.

It’s not even for sure the upsets are over for a while, since Tulsa plays in Norman on Saturday with another hot quarterback (G.J. Kinne) and another mid-major roster with a chip on its shoulder. Don’t look now, but the mid-majors are kicking butt and taking names.

There is good news on the Sooner front; TU has no plans to change its nickname from Golden Hurricane to Cougars. But who could blame Tulsa if it did?

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

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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