Iowa State, Baylor remind us why college football is great

by Berry Tramel Published: November 20, 2011
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The league has been battered and tossed and broken for its economic policies. Competitive imbalance rules, they say.

But here sits Oklahoma State in first place, Kansas State in second place, Baylor in fourth place and Iowa State dead even with Texas in a tie for seventh. Next time someone prattles on about inequity, Big 12 fathers have a ready reply.

Standings.

Losing to Iowa State was a total bummer for OSU. The Cowboys are a great tale; the nation was starting to be charmed by the Stillwater Story.

But the coolest sight in college football over the weekend was the flooded field at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State's hearty fans were rewarded with one magic moment that trumps anything seen in March.

And while Baylor's celebration couldn't match the Cyclones', the Bears unleashed a generation worth of frustration. Its students and band have a decent little tradition of rushing the field before each game. On this wild Saturday night, they got to rush the field after the game.

When this happens to anyone else, we sit here in Oklahoma with a smile and a nod and maybe even a little cheer.

When it happens to us and our teams, we don't have to like it, but we do have to admit, this is why we love this sport so.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He 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. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

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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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