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Ballot Check: Big 12 South One-Loss Teams

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Apparently, some voters are having trouble sorting out the Big 12 South's one-loss teams, as the Longhorns discovered that their loss in Lubbock not only cost them six spots in the Coaches Poll, but also that after the fall they wound up... behind Oklahoma? Who they beat by 10 points on a neutral field just one month ago? What the hell?

Struggling to understand how this could be, I decided it was time to chart the Big 12 South's one-loss teams, to see if I could come up with any other reason for voting Oklahoma over the Longhorns. Among the averages at the bottom of the chart, scores and MOVs against non-Division 1 teams are not included.

TEXAS Rank PF PA MOV OKLAHOMA Rank PF PA MOV OKIE ST Rank PF PA MOV
FAU 111 52 10 +42 UT-Chat 214 57 2 +55 Wash St 149 39 13 +26
@ UTEP 108 42 13 +29 Cincy 42 52 26 +26 Houston 77 56 37 +19
Rice 65 52 10 +42 @ Wash 121 55 14 +41 SW Mizzou 167 57 13 +44
Arkie 61 52 10 +42 TCU 11 35 10 +25 Troy 73 55 24 +31
@ CU 70 38 14 +24 @ Baylor 75 49 17 +32 A&M 79 56 28 +28
n-OU 7 45 35 +10 n-Texas 2 35 45 -10 @ Mizzou 12 28 23 +5
Mizzou 12 56 31 +25 Kansas 37 45 31 +14 Baylor 75 34 6 +28
Okie St 8 28 24 +4 @ KState 66 58 35 +23 @ Texas 2 24 28 -4
@ Tech 5 33 39 -6 Nebraska 35 62 28 +34 Iowa St 110 59 17 +42
AVGS SOS: #7
43.1 20.6 23.5 AVGS SOS: #39 48.9 25.8 23.1 AVGS SOS: #85 43.9 22.0 21.9
  • STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Oklahoma owns the only significant non-conference win among the trio, but Texas' recent four-game stretch through hell gives them the country's 7th toughest schedule-to-date--better than Oklahoma and significantly ahead of Oklahoma State.
  • HEAD-TO-HEAD:  Texas has wins over OU and OSU, while the latter have not yet battled head-to-head.
  • MARGIN OF VICTORY:  A draw, with all three squads pounding hard bad teams for a 20+ MOV average.
  • BEST WINS:  Texas enjoys wins over Sagarin Top 30 Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Missouri   /   Oklahoma has a Top 30 win over TCU   /   Oklahoma State has a Top 30 win over Missouri.

CONCLUSION?

I would urge fellow Blog Poll voter not to drop the Longhorns behind Oklahoma or Oklahoma State, which at this point in time seems wholly indefensible. If you've got a case to make, I'm all ears, but I'm having trouble imagining even a creative justification for ranking the Sooners ahead of Texas.