I don't see OU losing another one, honestly. I think they finish 10-2 and go to the Fiesta Bowl.
Do Sooner fans really want another Fiesta Bowl?
The Fiesta Bowl would be a great destination for the Sooners. It'd also be a nice end to a season that might be considered disappointing to those who saw this as a championship team. I think the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl would be neat for OU, just because those are bowls they haven't been to as much, but there's definitely nothing wrong with the Fiesta Bowl. I don't think OU can do much better at this point than the Fiesta because of their two losses and K-State's increasingly probable title game berth.
I think there’s some fan-fatigue with the Phoenix/Fiesta Bowl destination. I realize you are new to the OU beat, but I sense fans want a different destination.
I completely understand. That's why I think the Rose or Sugar Bowls would be exciting destinations, but I don't think the Fiesta would be any cause for great disappointment. Especially since OU won't, in all likelihood, win a title of any sort.
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Since Texas A&M went to the SEC and they are doing real well, it gives me hope that OU can make in the SEC as well.
I don't see OU going to the SEC anytime soon, but I think you're right that A&M's success does bode well for Big 12 success against the SEC in the Champions Bowl and in the future playoff system. It's kind of put a damper on the idea that the SEC is invincible.
What is your take on Tuberville and the incident on the sidelines? Has he been disciplined in any way?
I think Tuberville's explanation for the incident seemed kind of ridiculous ... he definitely looked angry and didn't look like he was just trying to get him off the field. Texas Tech has an image problem, between Mike Leach, Bobby Knight and Billy Gillispie, and having another angry coach outburst doesn't help. The Big 12 reprimanded him publicly but it seems like that might be as far as this goes.
Is the door closed on the SEC’s seventh national championship?
Definitely not. Crazier things have happened this late in the season, and Alabama only fell to No. 4 in the BCS standings. All it's gonna take is two of the three unbeatens to lose for Bama or Georgia (if it wins the SEC title game) to be right back in it.
What are your predictions on how the BCS top 3 teams will finish, record-wise? K-State, Oregon, and Notre Dame.
I think Kansas State and Notre Dame finish unbeaten, and for some reason I feel like Oregon loses one of these final games. K-State and Notre Dame, to me, feel like teams with a little bit of destiny attached to them, and Oregon's remaining games are tough ones. And I'd pick K-State to win a KSU-Notre Dame title game.
Do you think Texas A&M is for real? Do you think the win over Alabama was just a fluke deal due to Bama coming off emotional victory at LSU? How do you think A&M would finish in the Big XII this year, all else being equal?
I do think Texas A&M is a really good team. I really don't think the Bama win was a fluke, because the Aggies played LSU and Florida really well in those losses, so it's not like they came completely out of nowhere. In the Big 12, I think they'd probably be right behind K-State.