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Oklahoma’s non-conference schedule →Sept. 5 Brigham Young, Dallas Cowboys Stadium (10-3) →Sept. 12 Idaho State (1-11) →Sept. 19 Tulsa (11-3) →Oct. 3 at Miami, Dolphin Stadium (7-6) Texas’s non-conference schedule →Sept. 5 Louisiana-Monroe (4-8) →Sept. 12 at Wyoming (4-8) →Sept. 19 Central Florida (4-8) →Sept. 26 UTEP (5-7) Oklahoma State’s non-conference schedule →Sept. 5 Georgia (10-3) →Sept. 12 Houston (8-5) →Sept. 19 Rice (10-3) →Sept. 26 Grambling State (11-2) Note: Opponents’ 2008 records in parenthesis Comparing the three schools’ non-conference schedules
While Texas’ non-conference schedule is poor in comparison with Oklahoma’s, Oklahoma State’s holds up well. The Cowboys play perennial SEC power Georgia as well as Houston and Rice, two schools coming off bowl seasons. OSU’s last opponent, Grambling State, is a Football Championship Subdivision school. But unlike OU’s FCS foe, Idaho State, which went 1-11 last year, the Tigers are a power at their level, posting an 11-2 mark last season. What does all this mean? In the end, probably nothing, at least concerning the Sooners. Since OU and OSU play during the final week of the regular season, the loser is unlikely to survive in the event of a three-way tie with Texas that came down to BCS rank. More likely, a three-way tie would be decided between the Bedlam winner and the Longhorns. In 2008, Texas Tech proved that the team that loses last has little shot in a three-way tie decided by the BCS. The same would also seem true for the Bedlam rivals.