Well, Bedlam is over and it is just beginning. Disney/ABC/SECPN could not wait to get Mack Brown on during the game to politic for his team. His argument is head-to-head, automatically ignoring the fact that Texas Tech can make the same argument.
It was stated on SECPN and CBSEC during all telecast games that the Big 12 is the only conference that uses this as a tiebreaker. The SEC has this as a tiebreaker also. They have a stipulation that if there is another team from the same division within 5 spots in the ranking, then it goes back to head-to-head. The SEC added this tiebreaker to get rid of a vote by 6 conference AD's. The reason for the stipulation was that at the time of the vote to add the rule, Florida had just beaten UGA and they didn't want to prevent their shining baby from a chance at the NC.
I don't think that there is any right way to choose who goes to the Big 12 championship this year. I do have to say that I think that it is stupid to have coaches from any conference determining who plays for a conference championship after 12 games. The press is already riding Mike Belotti at Oregon about his vote, he having been cheated twice by the Big 12. Here are some of the things about these three teams and their records with some interesting tidbits about the media:
- All 3 teams have a loss to each other. Duh! This sort of makes the head to head argument moot in my opinion.
- Each team lost on the road or on a neutral field. (Sooner fans have just come to accept the fact that Dallas is somehow neutral. They have a nice fair, though.)
- What the hell is SECPN talking about when they say "style points"? Is that like throwing a TD pass against a team that you are shutting out 29-0 in the fourth quarter?
- All 3 teams have the same record against the division and against common opponents (Kansas).
- Texas' best road win was against Kansas. Coincidentally, Texas Tech's best road win was also against Kansas, but by a bigger margin than that of Texas. Oklahoma beat Kansas at home. Oklahoma's best road win was in Stillwater today.
- Oklahoma gave up 41 points to Oklahoma State. That is actually UNDER OSU's PPG average. (yeah, by 0.6 points, but c'mon).
- Oklahoma State is becoming the Florida of the Big 12. They were off last week before a huge conference game. I guess the Citadel was booked.
- Before everybody jumps all over the fact the Texas Tech struggled against Baylor, remember that they lost Crabtree before half time and Harrell was also banged up during this game. Harrell came back and Crabtree didn't. (That Griffin kid is so much fun to watch...so is Zak Robinson, when he is not playing OU).
- Mike Gundy is a man (he is forty...one?). He went to the same high school as my wife. He is not a pretentious **** like most of the coaches in the SEC. Seriously, he is putting together a nice scheme offensively, they are coming around defensively and they should be able to recruit with TBP throwing wads of cash at them. I am all for this. I think this should be a rivalry where teams win it 50-50, not a couple of times every twenty years.
- Out of Conference Schedule-I will start with Texas Tech. Seriously, work on this. Your out of conference schedule looks like Kansas State's under Bill Snyder.
- OOC-Texas. Arkansas is an SEC school, down this year after turmoil, the draft and defections. Still it is good scheduling. I will give you Rice. Their losses were to the number one team in their conference and two losses to an SEC and a Big 12 team. Florida Atlantic, c'mon do you owe Schnellenberger a bottle of booze or something?
- OOC-Oklahoma. Cincinatti, yep Cincinatti. The Big East Champions? Ranked in the BCS top 20? OU beat them. TCU is also ranked in the top 20 of the BCS. OU beat them, too. They also went on the road AGAIN to a PAC-10 school and won. Sure, it was Washington, but how do you know? Still a BCS conference opponent.
I think that OU will be the team playing for the Big 12 Championship game next week. They will face Missouri. The game is in KC, which is a defacto home game for Missouri, no matter who plays in that game. The weather has a chance to be decidedly nasty in KC. I think that either OU or Texas will win against Mizzou. I am not prediciting a spanking or anything like that, I just think that both OU and Texas have better teams than Mizzou. Sue me.
As an OU fan who lives in Georgia and works in Jacksonville, I would love to see an OU-UF Championship game. Even if both teams lose, I would still love to see them play in another bowl game. I just want to see where both teams stand. OU has lost to Boise in one of the best games ever and a spread team in West Va. Florida runs a spread and OU struggles with big qb's in a zone-read configuration. Florida has faced no spread teams this year, other than practice. It would be an interesting game.