Claremore Daily Progress


October 10, 2012

Title-hunting still option for OU, Texas


NORMAN — It could go that way.

You could have a bunch of Big 12 teams in the polls and none in the top 10 because they keep beating each other.

Or, you could have a one-loss team playing a no-loss team near the end of the season, the winner, either one, in position to play for a national championship.

That could happen, too.

Neither the Sooners nor the Longhorns should be thinking that far ahead, but each could be that one-loss team.

The Longhorns must win Saturday, then top Baylor at home, Kansas and Texas Tech on the road, Iowa State and TCU at home and then hope it’s unbeaten Kansas State welcoming them into Manhattan on Dec. 1.

When you think about it like that, Texas’ toughest Saturday before that last Saturday is this Saturday.

Oklahoma must beat Texas, beat No. 7 Notre Dame in Norman, win at Iowa State, beat Baylor in Norman and then hope, on Nov. 17, when it visits Morgantown, W.V., that the Mountaineers have yet to lose a game … then beat OSU in Norman and TCU in Fort Worth.

It’s a much tougher path than the one Texas faces. On the other hand, beat the Longhorns, Jayhawks, Irish and Cyclones and no Sooner Nation citizen will believe his or her team can be stopped.

Of course, that makes a week from Saturday the day the conference’s most important game gets played, when Kansas State visits West Virginia for a 6 p.m. kick. (just as long as the Wildcats can win in Ames on Saturday and the Mountaineers can win in Lubbock).

Who thought the Big 12 was in trouble?

“We’re the only league with eight teams with one loss or less,” Brown said. “The big 12 has the top three total offensive teams in America. We have seven of the top-25 in scoring … The Big 12 has six of the top nine quarterbacks in passing efficiency.”

You’ve got to love Mack.

He’s never not selling.

And he’s right.

It’s a great conference.

It’s still too early to have national championship dreams. Wait until Saturday afternoon.

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