We all know that ESPN is "the world wide leader in sports," but they may have more pull than you would think.
Around Norman it seems to be settled that the 7-5 Sooners will face the 8-4(just lost to Huskies) Golden Bears of California in the Brut Sun bowl in El Paso, Tx.
There's one problem though.
The world wide leader in sports won't have any cameras in El Paso, the Sun bowl will be televised by CBS.
But they will televise the Alamo bowl in San Antonio just a few days later.
And they want Oklahoma.
As many of you know the Alamo bowl does get to pick over the Sun bowl, and they want Texas Tech to bring their high flying act to San Antonio.
They believe the Red Raiders would attract a big crowd being a school from inside Texas.
ESPN knows Big Red will fill the seats just fine also.
But what has them nosing around in NCAA buisness is the crowd at home, not the one in the stadium.
Sure Tech beat OU head to head, and at 8-4, even has the better record.
But Tech just doesn't have the prestige that the Sooners do, and they will not draw the nation wide audience that an Oklahoma will, and that's what counts in the eyes of ESPN.
There is another way for OU to end up in the Alamo and avoid ESPN getting a pirate in Lubbock all riled up, if Texas falls to Nebraska in the Big12 Championship.
It's a long shot, but Texas has been upset in this game before and NU does have the defense to pull off an upset of the longhorns.
Although, a Cornhusker win may lead to the same problem.
Just one rung higher up the bowl ladder, at the Pacific Life Holiday bowl in San Diego.
Will the sports entertainment juggernaut try to throw their weight around to get the more popular Sooners into the Holliday bowl then?
The game will broadcast nationally by, you guessed it, ESPN.
So it would appear the answer is yes.
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