Breaking ties can vary

by Michael Baldwin Modified: November 25, 2008 at 2:01 am •  Published: November 25, 2008
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There are different ways to break ties. The Big 12 and SEC have opposing methods.

Everyone in Big 12 country realizes if Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech all win this week, they will end in a three-way tie at 7-1.


The determining factor as to who wins the South division is which team is ranked highest in next Sunday’s BCS rankings.

Texas, for the moment, has a slight edge over OU. Whether a win over Oklahoma State is enough to push the Sooners past the Longhorns is a hot topic.

But if this were the SEC, the Longhorns would be in excellent position regardless of Saturday’s Bedlam outcome.

In the SEC, after using six different tie-breakers, if the three teams are still tied, and the second team is within five or fewer places of the highest-ranked team, the head-to-head result of the top two teams is declared the winner.

Using the SEC’s method, Texas would win based on its win six weeks ago in the Cotton Bowl.

When the Big 12 first discussed tie-breakers nearly a decade ago, the other two options were to let athletic directors vote or compile a panel of media members to vote. In the end, the league decided to let the BCS rankings decide it.

The Big 12’s method could tempt a coach to not vote his conscience.

Mack Brown could vote OU 20th or lower Sunday to help Texas’ cause, then move the Sooners up the following week when all 61 coaches’ votes are made public for the first time on Dec.


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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