Big 12’s true test comes in the next two weeks

by Berry Tramel Published: December 24, 2008
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Big 12 football enters the bowl season with its highest status ever.

Oklahoma is in the national championship game. The league supplies the No. 1 (OU), No. 3 (Texas) No. 7 (Texas Tech) and No. 13 (OSU) teams in the BCS rankings.

By contrast, the SEC’s fourth-highest team (Ole Miss) is ranked 25th in the BCS.

But the Big 12’s prowess is largely inbred. A house built on sand.

The best Big 12 non-conference victories this year come from the Sooners, who routed Cincinnati and TCU at Owen Field in September, and Colorado, which beat West Virginia in overtime at Boulder.

The best non-conference road victory belongs to Tech, which bested Nevada 35-19.

Not much to get excited about past that. OSU beat Houston 56-37. Colorado beat Colorado State 38-17 in Denver. Missouri beat Illinois 52-42 in St. Louis. Texas thrashed Rice 52-10.

Compare those wins to the SEC’s best wins.

Florida won 45-15 at Florida State and beat Miami 26-3. Alabama beat Clemson 34-10 in Atlanta. South Carolina blanked North Carolina State 34-0.


by Berry Tramel
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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...
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