Texas flipped voters, but flopped with computers

By Jake Trotter Modified: December 1, 2008 at 12:49 am •  Published: November 30, 2008
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photo - University of Oklahoma football players including Gerald McCoy (gesturing) and Joey Halzle (second from right) leave the Switzer Center after watching results of the Bowl Championship Series ranking in Norman, Oklahoma on Sunday, November 30, 2008. By Steve Sisney
University of Oklahoma football players including Gerald McCoy (gesturing) and Joey Halzle (second from right) leave the Switzer Center after watching results of the Bowl Championship Series ranking in Norman, Oklahoma on Sunday, November 30, 2008. By Steve Sisney
NORMAN — Last week, BCS analyst Jerry Palm gave Oklahoma a “90 percent” chance of passing Texas in the BCS rankings with a win over Oklahoma State.

Palm, however, didn’t factor in the University of Texas temporarily organizing into a political machine that could’ve toppled the Democratic Party.

The campaign to remind the public of Texas’ Oct. 11 win over OU worked to perfection, swaying votes in the Harris and coaches polls more effectively than Tammany Hall.

But in the end, the binary system saved the Sooners.

While the human polls inexplicably punished OU after a 20-point win over No. 12 OSU in Stillwater, the computers moved the Sooners up two spots to No. 1 in their polls.

That proved to be the difference, barely making OU the highest-ranked team in the BCS to settle the Big 12 South tiebreaker with Texas and Texas Tech.

“They don’t have agendas, they don’t have loyalties, they don’t have opinions, they don’t have all the bias that everyone else does,” coach Bob Stoops said of the computers.



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