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Thanks to Texas, BCS no longer Big 12's ultimate decider on tiebreaker

Now, if the top two Big 12 teams in the BCS are ranked next to each other, the winner of their head-to-head matchup advances. Depending on how OU, OSU and Texas' seasons play out, that change could be important this season.
by Berry Tramel Modified: October 22, 2010 at 11:19 am •  Published: October 21, 2010

Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to appease Texas.

This rule change has nothing to do with future tiebreakers. It has everything to do with getting the Longhorns to pipe down about the injustice of it all.

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds — otherwise an old favorite of mine — proposed the change, not in the name of justice, but seeking redemption for 2008, when the 'Horns beat OU only to come up on the wrong end of the three-way tie with the Sooners and Texas Tech.

Hey, I wrote it then, I'll repeat it now. The 'Horns were the deserving team in 2008, because while they played at Tech and Tech played at OU, OU-Texas was on a neutral field.

But the problem was not with the rule. The problem was with the voters. Reliance on the BCS is the perfect solution.

And Texas had only itself to blame. The computers weren't crazy about the Longhorns, who that season played Florida Atlantic, Texas-El Paso, Rice and Arkansas non-conference. OU played TCU, Cincinnati, Washington and Chattanooga.

The Longhorns have admitted their mistake in scheduling weak, with all these powerhouse series they've added for the coming decade. Brigham Young. Ole Miss. UCLA. Notre Dame. Southern Cal. California.

That's more like it.

Now Texas gets its way on the tiebreaker rule. But what does anybody care? The new rule could bite the 'Horns the same way it bit them last time.

Hey, Nebraska. In this state, we don't cry and complain about the Longhorns. We just say tell us what the rules are and what time is kickoff.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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