Two coaches saved Oklahoma in the BCS by giving the Sooners first-place votes in the coaches poll. That helped OU stay ahead of Texas in the coaches poll by a single point. Who were these two coaches?
Because the votes are kept secret until the final ballots are submitted next Sunday, we may never know. But here’s a guess: Texas Tech’s Mike Leach and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, two former assistants under Bob Stoops who were blown out by the Sooners this season and had votes in the coaches poll. Leach said after his team’s 65-21 loss to OU that he would vote the Sooners ahead of Texas. Another possibility is South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, who was the head coach at Florida when Stoops was the Gators’ defensive coordinator. Spurrier was the only coach other than Stoops to vote OU No. 1 at the end of the 2007 regular season. Did the BCS mess put OU behind in its preparation for Missouri? Not really. For the most part, the Sooners kept their normal routine, starting with the coaches watching film of Missouri on Sunday morning. "I went in, watched the Missouri-Kansas game in the morning, went to church and turned my phone off,” Stoops said. "I came back and had a sandwich, my family came over, and all the circus started with trying to pay attention to where things were going.” How many QBs have won two Big 12 titles? None. Twelve different QBs have won the 12 league titles.