STILLWATER — The University of Oklahoma football team was potent enough to beat Oklahoma State University on Saturday, but it remains to be seen if the Sooners were strong enough to topple Texas today in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
With its 61-41 victory at Boone Pickens Stadium, OU finishes in the three-way tie with Texas and Texas Tech for the Big 12 South Division title at 7-1. The highest-ranked South team in today’s BCS standings will advance to the Big 12 championship game against North champ Missouri on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The standings will be released between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Texas was ranked No. 2 in last week’s BCS, the Sooners were ranked No. 3 and the Red Raiders No. 7. Many analysts have predicted OU could jump ahead of the Longhorns with a win over No. 12-ranked OSU on the road. Before an announced crowd of 49,031, the Sooners outlasted the Cowboys for their sixth straight Bedlam victory. OU now leads the series 80-16-7.
Arguments reignArguments have circled for weeks as to which team should be ranked where in the BCS. The Sooners have fueled the fire by scoring 60-plus points in four straight games for the first time. The biggest debate involves the Red River Rivalry. Texas beat the Sooners 45-35 on Oct. 11 in Dallas, but the Longhorns lost 39-33 to Texas Tech, a team OU throttled 65-21 last week in Norman. Scores against common foes have been used while trying to evaluate OU and Texas. The Longhorns beat the Cowboys 28-24 in Austin on Oct. 25, while the Sooners beat OSU by 20 in Stillwater. Who should be ranked higher in the BCS? "Aw, you’re not going to drag me into all that,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said on the field afterward. "There are plenty of reasons for us, as there are other people.
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