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Sunday, November 23, 2008

For those who missed the college football game of the week last night on ABC, you missed a shellacking. My Crimson and Cream boys made those Red Raiders want to leave at halftime. Now, will the pollsters be impressed enough to jump the Sooners ahead of the Longhorns? We'll know in a few hours.

9 comments:

Chris A said...

Darius, I didn't know you were a Sooner's fan. I'm from Oklahoma and my sister just graduated from OU this year. Yeah, I saw that game. Usually, when someone is getting served like that, I have a temptation to turn the channel. But I watched the whole thing, and enjoyed every minute of it. If we had only been able to shine like that against Texas. But they never have the Longhorns come to Norman, we always have to go to Dallas.

Darius said...

Yep, I've been a Sooner fan since I was a little kid in the 80's with Jamelle Holieway and Brian Bosworth. I actually met Holieway at halftime of an OU-Iowa State game.

We should have finished off Texas, but since they've been used to only playing for a half, they lost some of their drive in that second half. If Saturday's game hadn't been OU, I would have turned the TV off. But instead, it was a glorious 3 hours of college football. :) The BCS standings look good for the Sooners, they better show up though next Saturday in Stillwater.

Boomer Sooner!

Chris A said...

Yeah, I guess you saw that the Boz was present at the game with his son.

I don't know why it is, but the Sooners rarely have an easy time with the Pokes. I guess they're pretty decent this year, but even when they are not they always show up for the bedlam game. But hey, Oklahoma is on a roll right now. If they can carry that momentum into this game, they'll really embarrass the Cowboys.

D.J. Williams said...

I hate to rain on your OU parade, but seriously, though, this is a perfect picture of how screwed up the BCS is. Texas and Oklahoma are both 1-loss teams. They play in the same conference. Texas beat Oklahoma on a neutral site. Texas' one loss was to the #2 team in the country on the road at the last second. Yet, Oklahoma is ranked ahead of them. This is beyond stupid.

Darius said...

And yet OU beat that same #2 team by 40 points. Also, if we look at Okie State... Texas barely survived beating them at HOME, and OU beat them by 20 at OSU. OU is clearly the better team, they just didn't finish the game against Texas. To use your logic, Texas Tech should be ranked ahead of Texas. After all, Texas Tech lost to what is currently the #2 team in the country while Texas lost to what is currently the #7 team. We can use this circular logic all day. In the end, it comes down to who is the better team right now, and that is clearly OU. Or just as importantly, who will have a chance of staying with Florida? Obvious answer again.

I have to say, rankings aside and what not, Stoops continues to show that he has more class in one fingernail than Mack Brown has in his entire body. Stoops declined to vote in the coaches poll, as did his brother Mike, AND declined to go on national TV during the Texas-Texas A&M game to politic for his team. Meanwhile, Mack Brown (and the Longhorns) rented a plane, handed out leaflets with "45-35" on them, and went on the air with the OU-OSU announcers and pleaded for his team. Classless. He did that back when he wanted to play in the Rose Bowl and was successful then. Thankfully, not so much here.

Darius said...

http://www.newsok.com/fort-worth-columnist-sooners-argued-their-case-eloquently-said-nothing/article/3326731

D.J. Williams said...

Yes, Texas Tech can make the same argument. It's a mess. Personally, I love it - anything that gets egg on the face of the BCS is awesome in my book. I just think it is laughable that OU could end up being the "national champions," while Texas could conceivably finish with the same record and a head-to-head win over OU. Don't even get me started on a team like Utah who's players did everything they could possibly do this year and yet get no shot. Sure, they're schedule isn't as strong. Are they as good as the big schools? Probably not. But what if they are? We'll never get to know. They'll never get to know. Yet all we ever hear is whining about how a playoff just won't work. Why don't we ask the division I-AA people? They've done a decent job for the past several decades.

Darius said...

I don't know that this is getting egg on the BCS. It makes the Big 12's tiebreaker look silly, not the BCS. There are plenty of reasons to hate the BCS, but this isn't one of them. However, let us not forget what it was like prior to the BCS. The BCS was a flawed but improved step in the right direction. I personally would like to see an 8 team playoff (with all undefeated teams, no matter the conference, getting an automatic bid) based on BCS-like standings (human polls should be largely done away with). If you make it 16 teams, a 3 loss team could make it into the playoffs, which would mean that the importance of each game would dramatically decrease. I want the elite and only the elite teams to duke it out.

So applying that format to this year, we would have Alabama, Florida, OU, Texas, USC, Utah, Boise State, and Ball State. This is probably the worst-case scenario year with three mid-majors making it, normally you would have more BCS conference teams. Last year, it would have been Ohio State, LSU, Va Tech, OU, Georgia, Missouri, USC, and Hawaii.

D.J. Williams said...

I agree with an 8-team playoff. However, saying that the BCS is better than the old way is like saying that being shot in the head is better than being beat to death with a rusty hammer - true, but more an indictment on the old format than an virtue of the BCS.

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