Watching last night's game, when even Kirk Herbstreit noticed the blatant OU holding, I recalled a post I had made here some time ago. Stoops has his offensive line well coached to play in the Big 12. If the officials are not going to call holding, then teach your line to hold. This strategy has worked well for him, with more conference championships than I care to remember. However, when you reach a BCS game, you are not going to find Big 12 officials. I think this may be one reason Bob has laid so many eggs in bowl games recently. (Love that picture.) Your O-line cannot be conditioned to hold all year long and then suddenly switch to clean blocking.
What could we expect if OU passes Texas in the BCS, and goes to play Florida, for example? Well, let's look back to Dallas in October, when the Sooners faced another fast, talented team. 45-35, and I think it would have been about 52-21 if that game had been called by real officials. Given the speed and skill of Florida, I expect that score would be close to the outcome in Miami. As it would be closer to a Florida home game, and given a natural tendency of teams to give up when they are being whipped, i would not be surprised to see something like 63-14. Then everyone will say how much better Florida and the SEC are than the Big 12.
It's time for the Big 12 to start enforcing the rules of the game.