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Texas vs. Oklahoma: Why Sooners Don't Deserve Huge Jump in Polls After Big Win

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Bob Stoops (2nd from L) of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates with Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners and Blake Bell #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners after Bell scored against the Texas Longhorns at Cotton Bowl on October 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Texas Longhorns 63-21. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2012

The No. 13 ranked Oklahoma Sooners manhandled No. 15 Texas Longhorns 63-21, but that doesn't mean they should sky-rocket in the polls. This is not Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford's Red River Rivalry

This matchup featured an obviously overrated Texas squad led by a head coach that deserves to be on the hot seat. Texas' defense couldn't stop me and 10 friends from the park district on defense. They ran up a 4-0 record based on out-gunning the likes of Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Wyoming.

That isn't exactly a college football gauntlet. 

While the Sooners were the victors on Saturday, we can't forget the fact that they lost at home to Kansas State on September 22. The Wildcats are a very good team at 7-0, but losing at home to a conference opponent is a tough pill for the Sooners to swallow.

Their resume is surely bolstered by Texas Tech's demolition of West Virginia. The Sooners beat the Red Raiders, and the Mountaineers defeated the Longhorns. That should serve to separate the Sooners from that mid-tier group of teams—with that ideology they should ascend into the top 10.

However, anything higher than eighth is overvaluing the Longhorns and the Sooners.

Neither of these teams are among college football's elite. Sometimes the pageantry and tradition of a rivalry can force fans and pollsters to give these types of wins too much respect.

Oklahoma is definitely in the BCS bowl picture with the win, but they will need to run the table to prove they belong in the top five. They still have an outside shot at getting into the national championship picture, but they'll need help.

Aside from matching up against Notre Dame and West Virginia over the next six weeks, there are a host of undefeated teams currently ahead of them in the chase. They need at least four teams to stumble to have a shot, and they still have to take care of their own business.

They are on a bit of a roll since the loss to the Wildcats, but they aren't elite yet.


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