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By Jake Trotter Modified: November 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm •  Published: November 25, 2008
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NORMAN — Before the fourth quarter even began during Oklahoma’s 65-21 shellacking of Texas Tech, national writers in the Owen Field press box began receiving text messages.

The Texas Longhorn spin machine was hard at work, texting reminders of Texas’ 45-35 victory over the Sooners.

And you thought the political season had ended.

If OU, Texas and Tech all win this weekend, they’ll finish in a three-way tie for the Big 12 South title. The tiebreaker would go to the school ranked highest in the BCS standings.

OU coach Bob Stoops and Texas coach Mack Brown hit the national talk show circuit Monday to plead their cases.

Said Stoops on ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning: "If you can’t put us in front of Texas (because of the head-to-head result), if that’s your logic, then you have to keep Texas Tech in front of Texas. If it’s logical for one, it has to be logical for the other.”

Countered Brown on ESPN’s First Take: "When you look at what’s happening, you’re seeing emotional voters. Saturday night, watching Oklahoma play, and play so well, emotionally the voters jumped them up some.”

Brown’s campaigning, however, could be in vain. BLOG: Every little move up the computer rankings helps


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