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OSU football: Two national contenders ready to collide

by Berry Tramel Published: November 8, 2008


And now it is. But Tech must be vanquished — no small task in Lubbock, in any year — and the Red Raiders are an Oklahoma sweep away from turning the Big 12 title game into their own national semifinal.

This much is certain: Both the Cowboys and Red Raiders have boosted the status of the Big 12 South.

No other division in college football has been so top-heavy.

In the SEC, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida each have won the East Division in the last three years, and in the West, LSU, Auburn and Arkansas have won the division in the last four years. Plus you’ve got top-ranked Alabama in the mix.

The ACC has staged three championship games. Five schools already have played in the ACC game.

In the Big 12 itself, four schools have won the North in the past five years.

And now parity has come to the Big 12 South.

"It’s a great step for our program,” State coach Mike Gundy said. "Obviously, that’s been talked about. Felt like something that hasn’t been talked about enough.”

They’ll be talking tonight on the streets of Dodge. Talking and firing footballs and playing the game of the week, pedigree or not.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080. Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.