Never mind those references comparing this year's Oklahoma football team to the 2003 edition. This season is beginning to look an awful lot like 2004.
Though it is still summer, fans aren't particularly patient people, so we have to figure all this out now. With 12 weekends remaining in the regular season, OU and Southern California seem to be on a collision course for the BCS national championship game in Miami. We went down this road four seasons ago, and it was a dead end for the Sooners, losing 55-19 to the Trojans in the Orange Bowl. It was in 2004 when three BCS conference champions in USC, OU and Auburn, plus Utah of the Mountain West, all entered the bowl season unbeaten. An eerily similar combination could hold true this season with USC, the Big 12 champ, the SEC champ, plus BYU of the Mountain West all going unbeaten again. In 2004, Auburn and Utah were left out of the Orange Bowl. If this scenario repeats itself, OU and BYU figure to be the ones shut out. The SEC is the top conference this season, and the Big 12 is second-best. If the SEC and Big 12 champs go unbeaten, logically they should meet in the BCS title game. That won't be the case if, as expected, USC beats up on inferior Pac-10 opponents the rest of the season. If USC and the SEC champ are both unbeaten, the Big 12 could finally play the role of victim in the BCS title game. OU got a controversial nod over Miami in the 2000 season, Nebraska got the nod over Oregon in 2001, OU got the nod over USC in 2003 and OU got the nod again over Auburn in 2004. What goes around, comes around — and it all could come back around on the Sooners. We're predicting an awful lot of perfection here, which seems odd seeing how last year's national champ finished with two losses. We should know better than to try to figure all this out too soon, particularly when the usual suspects are involved, but it is too darn tempting.
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