NORMAN — Steps remain on Oklahoma’s road to a championship.
Big steps on a rough road.
The Sooners, after all, must clinch the Big 12 South in the final week of the regular season, win the conference title game next weekend, then finish in the top two spots in the final BCS standings. All of that has to happen for them just to play for a national title.
Thing is, that road will never be traveled unless the first step is taken — the Sooners must win Bedlam.
"All of our goals that we set at the beginning of the year are out there,” Sooner linebacker Travis Lewis said. "But it doesn’t mean nothing if you can’t keep winning.”
The Sooners must beat the Cowboys, and as it turns out, they probably need to do it in convincing fashion.
Even with a Bedlam victory, OU will likely find itself locked in a three-way tie with Texas and Texas Tech at the top of the division.
The tiebreaker: the BCS standings.
OU scored some serious style points a week ago when they scored a ton of actual points against Texas Tech. But even with that 65-21 victory, the Sooners still find themselves behind the Longhorns ever so slightly in the BCS.
Conventional wisdom says the Sooners will leapfrog the Longhorns by beating the Cowboys and adding another top-25 victory to their resume.
But will they?
More style points may be in order.
"We have no control over it,” Lewis said of the BCS standings. "All we can do is go out there and play. Hopefully, they see what kind of team we are when we’re rolling on all cylinders.