Texas Should Be in the Big 12 Championship Game

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IDecember 2, 2008

While I can't say I've watched a lot of Big 12 football this season, no matter how hard ABC tried to jam it down our throats on Saturday nights, I would still like to chime in on the hottest topic in college football right now.

In a three-way tie for the Big 12 South crown, Oklahoma was given the nod based on a tiebreaker set by the conference. That tiebreaker, however, was the team's BCS ranking.  As a result, the Sooners are now going to the Big 12 Championship.

It was a tiebreaker that conference officials never really thought would come in to play, but it's too late now. Because Texas Tech beat Texas, Oklahoma beat Tech, and Texas beat Oklahoma, this is the situation they found themselves in.

So, with all three teams having an 11-1 record, including a 7-1 mark in their conference, who should win the Big 12 South? Let's throw out Texas Tech because of its schedule.   The Red Raiders barely beat Baylor, and Texas Tech just isn't a name school.

But more on that later.

If it's between Oklahoma and Texas, then there should only be one thing you look at: head-to-head matchup. Not strength of schedule (even though Texas' was tougher), not at what point in the season the loss was, and not margin of victory.

The determining factor should be the head-to-head matchup that Texas won. By a score of 45-35. At a neutral playing site.

If we, as a college football community of fans, are going to argue for a playoff system, then shouldn't this be reason enough to give Texas a shot at the national title game? These two teams already played, and Texas won!

How can they lose to Oklahoma through a tiebreaker division officials never thought they would have to use?

Maybe the reason I think this way stems from a soccer tournament I coached some four years ago.

I was coaching a team of 17-year-old kids down at the Yahara Invitational down in Verona. Each team in our group played four games against each other, with the winner going to the championship. We had a record of three wins and one tie, while the team that advanced had a record of three ties and one loss.

And guess who gave that team their only loss? My boys did.

The other team got in because of youth soccer's wacky scoring system, which allows bonus points for shutouts and goal differential up to three. If any of you are familiar with this, please do what you can to get it abolished at the next tournament you participate in.

Even though we beat them head-to-head (and actually had the better record), we were sent packing. It's a moot point that my team was kind of tired of soccer for the weekend and wanted to go home anyway.

The winner of the head-to-head matchup should move on in case of a tie. I don't see why everyone is suddenly in love with Oklahoma just because they realized that running up the score in the last four games would turn some heads.

As for Texas Tech, they'll now likely miss out on a BCS bowl bid, even though they'd be a hell of a lot more competitive and probably more deserving than a team like Cincinnati or Virginia Tech might be.

Texas Tech will miss out because a conference can only send two teams to a BCS bowl.  Yep, they'll miss out, even though they beat the team I've argued for in this entire post!

Someone tell me again why a college football playoff system is a bad idea?