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Houston columnist: Big 12 Conference couldn't look worse

By Richard Justice / Houston Chronicle Modified: December 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm •  Published: December 1, 2008

Let's begin with the Big 12 Conference. Great tiebreaking system, fellas. Really nice going.

You couldn't possibly look worse. Check it out. Your conference championship game will feature two teams -- Oklahoma and Missouri -- that lost to Texas.

Never saw that one coming, did you? What's that? You're going to review the system? Hey, that's great. I'll pass the word to Roy Miller and Brian Orakpo and the other Texas seniors.

They'll appreciate your looking into it. Never mind that their chance to win a second national championship probably went out the window because you were asleep at the wheel.

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe released a statement Sunday that essentially said nothing except, well, what a darn surprising turn of events.

Poor Dan. He must have been so busy organizing a cross-country meet that he let this one fall through the cracks. Of course, Dan now knows that allowing the BCS rankings to break a three-way tie is sheer stupidity.

The SEC doesn't do it that way. Neither does the ACC or Conference USA. Dan says he's going to do a thorough review. Oh, Dan, never mind. Finish that nap.

The ACC and SEC tiebreaking systems would have favored Texas. Both are more logical because the top two slots are decided by head-to-head competition.

The teams are seeded according to the BCS rankings, but the top spot is decided by what happened on the field. Does that ring your chime, Dan?

Yes, I think Texas is more deserving of being in the Big 12 Championship Game than OU.

Let's review. Texas beat Oklahoma 45-35 in October. But Texas also stumbled once, losing to Texas Tech on the road with one second to play.

Each team had one loss. OU beat Texas Tech by 44 points in Norman. Texas beat OU by 10 in Dallas. Tech beat Texas by six in Lubbock.

Is it that complicated? Texas was one second from a perfect season. None of the other teams can say that.


Please don't write and tell me I'm in the tank for Mack Brown. Full disclosure: I am. I'm also in the tank for logic.

You knew this was coming, Longhorn Fan. You've known it since Oklahoma's 65-21 rout of Tech.

You just knew that one was going to linger in the hearts and minds of voters. It wasn't the deciding factor, but it's the one that prepared you for UT's getting robbed.

Never mind 45-35. Had Texas beaten OU by that margin last week, the Longhorns would be going to the Big 12 Championship Game instead of the Sooners.

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