No chance of OSU leapfrogging Alabama and LSU

BERRY TRAMEL — The national championship will be decided on the field in the Superdome. Oklahoma State needed help from the pollsters, but back in December, not now.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 7, 2012
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AP surveyed its own voters a few days ago, and many said they would consider keeping LSU No. 1 on their ballot even with a defeat. Some said OSU would remain in their thoughts, but like I pointed out, that's not going to happen.

The whole thing is gobbledygook, anyway, of course. AP is out of the BCS formula because it wanted no part of the BCS controversy. But it's still voting teams to a national championship and writing stories about said voters. Sounds like The Associated Press wants smack dab in the middle of college football's peculiar institution.

Here's what's funny. Voters over the years have changed their minds and done some ballot-rigging. But it hasn't been the AP.

In 1997, before the current two-team playoff was formed, Michigan went into the Rose Bowl ranked No. 1 in both polls. AP kept the Wolverines there after the Rose Bowl, but the coaches jumped Nebraska ahead of Michigan, after the Huskers' Orange Bowl rout of No. 3 Tennessee.

In 1978, Alabama, No. 2 in both polls, knocked off No. 1 Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. Seemed like the natural order to make Bama No. 1 in the final polls. And the AP did. But the coaches jumped No. 3 Southern Cal to No. 1, apparently because USC had won 24-14 at Alabama in September. You'd think the coaches would have considered that game in their pre-bowl vote.

This AP title talk is all preposterous anyway. You probably don't like the BCS, but at least it's a playoff. A two-team playoff.

Like it or not, the national championship will be decided in the Superdome.

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.


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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