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Post Big 12 – BCS got it right

Monday December 1, 2008

You’ve really got to hate it for Texas safety Blake Gideon. A single dropped interception a few weeks ago is all that stands between Texas and the #1 spot in the polls, a spot in the Big 12 title game, and the inside track to the national title game. Instead, Texas is now on the outside looking in for not only the national title game but even the championship of half of a conference.

The bits and bytes will be burning up this week debating the subject, so here are a few more points to ponder.

First, understand that this is a Big 12 problem, not a BCS problem. The Big 12 chose to make the BCS part of its tiebreaker process. Blaming an undesirable outcome on the BCS in this situation makes as much sense as pointing out the flaws in rock-paper-scissors if the conference had chosen that method to break its ties. The conference will surely revisit its tiebreaker scenarios after this year, and it’s on them for not taking care of it earlier.

Second, the BCS got it right. As much as Texas wants to boil this down to a 45-35 45-35 45-35 45-35 45-35 argument, it’s not that simple. To begin with, it conveniently skips over the loss to Texas Tech and the fact that the #1 team in the nation couldn’t hold a lead with a minute to go. That’s not a fatal flaw for Texas by any stretch – all three Big 12 co-champs have their warts. But it is enough to step back and remember that the BCS evaluates not only individual results but also the entire season.

That’s where Oklahoma shines, and I’m glad to see that in this case schedule was rewarded. Oklahoma has wins over BCS-bound Cincinnati and #11 TCU. Texas’ best nonconference opponent was Arkansas – a middling SEC school. Texas Tech played no one from another BCS conference. Texas did have their tough gauntlet that culminated in the loss at Texas Tech, but among a group of three teams that played the conference season to a deadlock Oklahoma’s out of conference slate has to tilt things in their favor.

2 Responses to 'Big 12 – BCS got it right'

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  • I’m sorry, but I disagree and if I were a Texas fan I would be irate. And if your best argument for OU as the South champion is the schedule, then does the Texas beatdown of Missouri count for nothing? How can you just overlook the fact that Texas won on a neutral field? It was a neutral field. 45-35. Its not like this was a look ahead game for OU, or a letdown game, the Red River Rivalry is THE game for OU and Texas. I’m sorry but I’m going to disagree as respectfully as I can.

  • They blew it.

    A much better model is how the SEC does it, with using the top BCS-rated team but having a common-sense clause that says if the top 2 played, and if they’re within 5 spots of each other, the team who won is the division champion.