NORMAN — Ironically, non-conference opponents broke the three-way tie in the Big 12 South Division last year.
Oklahoma boasted wins over Cincinnati and TCU, both Top 15 teams.
Texas’ best victory came against unranked Rice.
For those reasons, the Sooners narrowly edged Texas in the BCS Standings to advance to the Big 12 Championship.
In 2009, the chances of another three-way tie involving OU and Texas are unlikely.
But if Oklahoma State, which is expected to open in the preseason Top 10, can emerge as last year’s Texas Tech, it’s possible.
And if non-conference strength of schedule becomes the deciding factor again, OU has to like its chances over Texas in spite of last week’s announcement that Idaho State — essentially Tennessee-Chattanooga Part II — would complete the Sooners’ non-conference slate.
That’s because OU’s other three opponents — Brigham Young, at Miami and Tulsa — all qualified for bowls and finished a combined 28-12 last season.