- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2008

There should be no BCS controversy. On Saturday night, Oklahoma left no doubt about the identity of the Big 12’s best team.

The Sooners‘ 65-21 thumping of previously unbeaten Texas Tech wasn’t just a statement; it was a primordial howl of supremacy. Oklahoma (10-1) humiliated the Red Raiders (10-1) with the most thorough hiding administered to a No. 2 team in November. The look on Mike Leach’s face was priceless as any notion of bringing the national title or Heisman Trophy - goodbye, Graham Harrell - back to Lubbock vanished under a 42-7 Oklahoma lead … at halftime.

If the Sooners close the regular season Saturday with a victory at No. 11 Oklahoma State (9-2), coach Bob Stoops and Co. should head to Miami for the BCS title game via Kansas City, Mo., and a Big 12 championship game date with No. 12 Missouri.

Texas doesn’t have an argument.

If the NCAA had come to its senses and instituted an eight-team playoff, Texas (10-1) would be in ahead of Southern Cal as the only at-large team from a BCS conference. But it hasn’t, and the Longhorns aren’t going to Miami unless Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State or Texas Tech loses to Baylor.

If form holds and the Big 12 South finishes in a three-way tie among the Sooners, Longhorns and Red Raiders, Oklahoma has to get the nod. Texas beat Oklahoma 45-35 at a neutral site Oct. 11, but in the case of a three-way tie in which each team has beaten one of the others, such arguments are specious.

Stoops gets it: “The logic of whether to put us in front of Texas? If you can’t do that because they beat us, then you’ve got to keep Texas Tech in front of Texas. What’s logical for one is logical for the other.”

The teams have to be evaluated on current form, overall resume and style points. Do that and the Sooners come out on top in every category. What was the total score in the three games featuring the teams? Oklahoma scored 100 points against Texas and Texas Tech; the Longhorns scored 78 points, and Texas Tech scored 60.

How did Oklahoma and Texas fare against their other five Big 12 opponents? Oklahoma beat them by an average of 28.2 points; Texas posted a margin of 21.0.

How about nonconference resumes? Texas beat the worst team from the SEC - Arkansas at 4-7 - and three other mediocre teams (UTEP, Florida Atlantic and Rice). Oklahoma beat the worst team from the Pac-10 in Washington, but the Sooners also rolled likely Big East champion Cincinnati (9-2) and at-large power TCU (10-2).

In the past six weeks, Oklahoma and Florida (10-1) have played the best football in the nation by a considerable margin. If both win out, even this flawed system should be competent enough to pair them up for a BCS title game that should be worth watching for a change.

Game balls and gassers - The pillaging in Norman warrants team honors for the Sooners, with a special nod to defensive coordinator Brent Venables, who should land a coaching job after stifling Leach’s vaunted offense.

Individual honors go to Florida State’s Myron Rolle. The junior All-ACC safety not only has his degree already; he won a Rhodes Scholarship on Saturday and still made it to College Park in time to record two tackles in the Seminoles’ 37-3 pasting of Maryland. Florida State has earned its share of abuse for a liberal interpretation of “student-athlete,” but Rolle is the genuine article.

The gasser goes to Charlie Weis and Notre Dame, who managed to lose at home to Big East doormat Syracuse 24-23. The program’s first defeat to an eight-loss team is almost certainly going to earn Weis a pink slip.

Unless the Irish can shock Southern Cal, Notre Dame is going to limp into bowl season 6-6. Weis will receive $20 million in parting gifts, and folks in Florida are going to spend the holidays consumed with stress as the Irish put the hard sell on Urban Meyer and Jon Gruden.

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