Now that I have allowed my frustrations to cool off, I'll try to be more positive. I'll never fully let this go: Even OU fans will acknowledge (the smart ones anyway) that this was not an ideal way to settle things in the Big 12 and in the national title scene. Not only did we get jobbed against OU, we arguably got jobbed against Florida. But we're not the first team to be royally screwed by the skewed logic of college football, and we won't be the last. Nobody will be surprised if next year, some other team gets the short end of the stick.
Despite our pain as fans, one thing is clear to me: Our pain is NOTHING compared to what our players feel. They were dismissed before the season began, they were dismissed during our impressive early wins until OU, and then they were dismissed despite playing one of the best seasons in Texas football history. I'm sure they are bitterly disappointed at what happened, and rightly so. They poured their heart and soul into this season and had to watch a screwed up system try to belittle their achievements.
The BCS and the Big 12 can take away our ability to appear in championship games, but they can't take away from the joy of watching this team come together and play. Before the season, everyone was looking at 2009 as our time for a big run. Looking at our brutal schedule, a two-loss season would have been a resounding success. Not a few people thought Colt McCoy had reached his limit, that Chris O. didn't have any big plays in him, that Jordan Shipley was overrated, and that our secondary was going to be fairly terrible. Yet everyone proceeded to prove even staunch supporters wrong and they still don't get enough credit. McCoy is probably not going to get the Heisman, Shipley was inexplicably left off the final list for the Belinikoff Award despite the superiority of his numbers, and Mack Brown was snubbed out of coach of the year honors.
I'm thankful for this team and the great season they gave us. I'm thankful that we get a BCS berth against a high profile school to finish the season. I wish we could go to Miami, but as Mack says, if the system is that screwed up, we'll just go where they tell us to go and play football. To Glendale we go.
So us fans need to remind ourselves why we're fans. We are not the ones going out and doing battle every week. We are not the ones who go through the highest joys and the lowest lows. That's the players, and as frustrated as we are, it will always pale in comparison to what these guys feel. They need our support, and here at BON, I hope that as things die down, we'll slowly get back to actually talking about our team and our future matchup against the Buckeyes. The last thing I want to see is for our team to come out listless, the disappointment weighing heavily on them. That'd be an awful way to end the season, and us fans can make a difference by showing our passionate support in the face of unfairness.
I mean, seriously, who would have thought in the summer that we'd be sitting here incredibly angry, not thrilled, that we got into a BCS game. That speaks volumes about what this team has done this season, and we'd be bad fans if we forgot to appreciate that.
Texas Fight, you BCS organizers. You can try to pierce our hearts, but then you'll find that all that comes out is a burning river of burnt orange that might roast your hand. You can try to forget our season all you want, but we won't, and we'll make sure others don't either.
Ohio State, I believe we have a series to settle. Can Pryor "Vince-Young" Vince Young's team? We shall see.