My theory (and granted it’s a long shot of a theory, but work with me here) starts with 1-5. Let me say it again, 1-5. That’s Oklahoma’s BCS record from 2004 to 2011—1-5.
If you count the vacated win, no, wait, let me rephrase that one, if you count the vacated butt-whooping doled out to them in 2005, then they’re 2-4. But, let’s be honest, no one is going to give the Sooners that game no matter how much their fans protest because, cheat or no cheat, the Trojans manhandled Stoops’ team on that day.
Now, keep that 1-5 in mind and fast forward to last night where a mere .009th of a point stood between Oklahoma State’s being the No. 2 or the No. 3 team in the country. The margin was “…the smallest ever between second- and third-place teams under the current BCS formula” and the shafting of Oklahoma State from the No. 2 position likely caused T. Boone Pickens to start finding men in black suits to find out whose minding the BCS store because he’s certain that seeing LSU play Alabama again has to be some sort of non-sense conspiracy.
In my humble opinion, the conspiracy started in Norman and ended in Stillwater.
The Sooners were the BCS and media darlings for years. It seemed no matter what they did, they remained in the Top 10 of the polls and even when it seemed they were falling from grace, there were still those who wanted to believe they were the very best the Big 12, and college football, had to offer.
They were the gold standard by which all other teams were measured.
Well, the Big 12 has seen it’s share of disappointments lately, hasn’t it? And Oklahoma has been at the front of most of those hanging heads—I won’t mention how they started the season ranked No. 1 in the country (the dream was still alive even then)—but it seems the media has finally stopped playing their song so loudly because Oklahoma has proven time and again that they are a seriously broken BCS record.
Ugly losses to Boise State and West Virginia, coupled with two championship game losses to LSU and Florida respectively has soured the BCS on Oklahoma and, quite frankly, the Big 12 in general—ahem, note how Virginia Tech was given the at-large over Kansas State?
And it is that latter loss that likely sealed Oklahoma State’s fate on Sunday night. I don’t think the voters have faith in a Big 12 team against an SEC one.
The Big 12 is currently 0-3 in championship games against the SEC and the losses were all instances where the Big 12 team was the “better” team and, in a majority of cases, they were favored to win but ended up not.
Even though Oklahoma State has a prolific offense with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, it’s still the same formula—big time quarterback, high powered offense— different book, same story.
It’s an unfortunate place for the Cowboys to be because I truly believe if the Sooners had performed better in the BCS Bowls of yore, this conversation would not be happening and the Cowboys would be prepping for LSU—not Alabama.
But, conference futility has become a thorn in Oklahoma State’s side—with Oklahoma’s numerous ball-drops leading the way—and they will not get the benefit of the doubt of their in-state counterparts because their in-state counterparts have choked away all of their conference’s good will.
The best the Cowboys can do now is go out and beat the pants off Stanford. If they do that, maybe they’ll get a little respect of their own—finally—and T. Boone Pickens can then call off his search for justice because no one will overlook his Cowboys from that point on.
But, just a word of advice to coach Gundy if he team gets the respect it wants, don’t sell your team short by saying things like this:
Just my two.