What a weekend! As a student of the University of Oklahoma I have a vested interest in our football team. As most people know this week the Big 12 South was in a three way tie between Texas, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma. The Big 12 rules are set up that who ever has the highest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings would advance to the Big 12 championship game in Kansas City. Last week Texas was leading the BCS rankings by eight thousands of a point. After the Sooners beat the OSU Cowboys last night, that was all that was needed to increase the BCS points to pass the Texas Longhorns. Many people have a hard time accepting this because in October the Longhorns beat the Sooners 45-35. This was the Sooners only loss for the year. A couple weeks later the Longhorns were beat by the Texas Tech Red Raiders 39-33. A couple weeks after that the Sooners beat the Red Raiders 65-21. There are many people that say Texas beat Oklahoma head to head so they should be ahead. Using that logic, Texas Tech should be higher rated than Texas.
The Sooners are better than Texas in almost every statistic for the 2008 season. The head to head argument does not carry a lot of weight because anyone with a brain knows that on any given day, someone can play poorly. That one game is not a true measurement of how good they are. You can say the same thing about the Longhorns. There is no way to make a true measurement of who is best in college football. Who is to say how good a team is compared to another if they never play each other. A few years ago the Sooners played a game against the Boise State team and lost on national TV. Boise State is not even included in all these measurements. I am proud for our team and I wish them the best but we will never know who is “REALLY” the best. Many times you see an NFL team play against another team and then lose. Later in the season they play the same team and win.
It is my opinion that only through duplication will you ever be able to get a true and accurate measurement of who is best in college. This can only occur with a playoff situation. This will never happen because the school year is not long enough. Many people forget that college is for academics and football is just extra. Many people think that college football is not professional in the true definition. In fact they get into trouble if they even attempt to pay the players. To me the biggest tragedy is the fact that my Sooner football team makes millions of dollars and zero of it goes toward education. Semester after semester they increase tuition and get zero cents of the millions of dollars made by the football program. Our football coach makes more than $6 million a year.
Okay, okay I am done whining. Way to go Sooners.