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Michael Crabtree and the Red Raiders beat Texas, but the 'Horns could still go to the BCS title game over Texas Tech.
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You want the mother of all doomsday BCS scenarios? Watch what happens if Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma on Saturday.
 
This is not out of the question. OSU has beaten OU in two of the last five meetings in Stillwater, with the three losses coming by six, three and five points. This game is always a battle. OU enters as a 7.5-point favorite.

If the Sooners go down and everything else holds to form, Texas Tech will win the Big 12 North and play Missouri in the Big 12 title game. Let's say Texas Tech beats Missouri. Assuming the Florida-Alabama winner gets one spot in the BCS title game, who is going to get the other?

Texas is currently No. 2 in the BCS standings. Texas Tech is currently No. 7. Would Texas Tech have enough juice to pass Texas under this scenario? If not, 11-1 Texas could land in the BCS title game ahead of 12-1 Big 12 champion Texas Tech.

Could Texas Tech pass No. 2 Texas? Maybe. The voters would have to suddenly forget that 44-point beating on Nov. 22 and push the Raiders up the charts past Utah, USC and Texas. Also, Texas Tech would have to make up some ground on the computer side. Tech's non-conference strength of schedule is very weak: two FCS teams, SMU (1-11) and Nevada (6-5). Texas played four FBS teams with a combined record of 22-22.

You see where I'm going here? We have the very real possibility of Team A (Texas Tech) having a better record, a conference championship and a head-to-head win over Team B (Texas), and Team B getting to play in the national title game ahead of Team A.

If you are one of those people that hopes for BCS chaos, so the powers-that-be finally acknowledge the shortcomings of the system to the point where they explore a playoff, I've got two words for you:

Go Cowboys.

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