OU Sooners routed Texas Red Raiders out of voter psyche

By Berry Tramel Published: December 1, 2008
The debate on how to break the Big 12 South’s three-way tie quickly turned into a two-way tie. Somehow, after Oklahoma’s 65-21 rout of Texas Tech on Nov. 22, the Red Raiders were removed from consideration.

Tech was punished, but OU was not rewarded, at least not in the eyes of some pundits, as well as the Texas U. campaign to make voters focus on the OU-Texas head-to-head meeting.

“That’s exactly what happened,” said OU coach Bob Stoops.

But if you throw out Tech because of the enormity of that loss, “then you’ve just said something there as well,” about the Sooners.

“Everyone wants to talk head-to-head. Then Texas Tech is every bit as disappointed as Texas. They have just as much a claim.”

The computer rankings did not condemn Tech too much. The Red Raiders are fourth in the computers, where OU is No. 1 and Texas No. 2. But Tech is ranked eighth in both polls.

Texas beat OU 45-35 on Oct. 11, but voters after the OU-Tech game did not seem to dwell on OU-Texas head-to-head. OU had moderate leads in both the coaches and Harris polls last week.

But Sunday, after a week of focus on OU-Texas head-to-head, the polls tightened up. OU had a miniscule lead (one point) in the coaches poll and Texas had a six-point lead in the Harris poll.

And down in Lubbock, Texas, no one seemed outraged at Tech’s fall from grace.

“It was all on us,” Tech tailback Baron Batch told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “All we had to do was go in and beat Oklahoma. It was nothing that I could say, ‘Poor us. We’re getting messed over.’ All we had to do was go out and win, and we didn’t.”

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