I'll put it in here, and I hope that by 6 pm tomorrow night, I am completely off-base, and that the unthinkable has not happened.
Before I say anything more, I would like to mention how crappy it is that even in Texas Tech's best season ever, the only thing they really accomplished was pissing on Texas' parade.
Think about this for a second. Texas has had a fantastic season, marred only by a last second loss on the road in a hostile environment, all of this after having the most brutal 4 game stretch of any team this decade, let alone this century (when was the last time a team had to face four top 15s in a row?). And now, on the eve of what could become the most controversial event in BCS and Big XII history, we all may have to come to one shining realization that cements the stupidity of the BCS and the hybrid of computer/human polls that determine it:
Losing to (#1) Oklahoma in Dallas and going undefeated apparently would have been better for our national title hopes than beating (#1) Oklahoma and losing to Tech 3 games later. If the roles were reversed, and Tech had beat OU, and the three way tie was upon us again, we would be the front-runner of this whole thing, eagerly anticipating the results from the BCS polls so we could purchase our ticket to Kansas City. And Sooner fans would be crying foul, because in the neutral field matchup, they won.
Seriously? The loser from the Red River Shootout has a leg up in this debate? Ridiculous. In a vacuum, if you were just looking at game scores, one would say that Oklahoma clearly has the edge over Tech and Texas. Oklahoma has dominated their opponents after they lost to Texas, even dominating a team that Texas lost to. But if you are a discerning viewer of college football, it would be plain to see why Texas should be the frontrunner for the Big XII South when the BcS rankings come out tomorrow; Oklahoma had two weeks to rest up for Tech, and the game was played on their home turf. And some may disagree; its easy for fans of Tech or OU to think that all of this is dumb, and clearly Texas should not be the frontrunner because of the night in Lubbock. But come on, is Oklahoma really going to represent the Big XII South in a conference championship game where Texas players can watch the game and say, "Hey, I beat both of these teams?" I was cool with the idea of playing a stellar opponent in the Fiesta Bowl before the Thursday night game, but now, I am sick of the thought that tomorrow Texas will have been dropped to number 3 because their final opponent wasn't as strong as the team Oklahoma faced, and be on the outside of the National Championship looking in.
Apparently the participant in the Big XII Championship game is no longer determined by what happens in the Red River Shootout.
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