BCS Rankings 2011: Will No Conference Championship Game Hurt Oklahoma?
One thing that helps some teams, yet could hurt some others after the regular season concludes is the presence of a conference championship game.
Even conferences such as the Big Ten and Pac 12 who traditionally were without a conference title game have now joined the club and will feature one in 2011.
Almost every BCS automatic qualifying conference has one now and it could impact the way the BCS plays out in the end.
One conference though that went in the opposite direction is the Big 12 Conference. When Nebraska defected to the Big Ten this season, the Cornhuskers practically took the Big 12 Conference Championship Game along with them.
It ultimately could come back to bite the Big 12 champion.
When the Big 12 regular season concludes with its game of the year as Oklahoma battles Oklahoma State, the winner of that will have to sit around for a week without playing.
If the gap is close in the BCS Standings and teams such as Wisconsin, Stanford, and Clemson get another shot at beating a quality team, it could be just enough to vault them over the eventual Big 12 regular season champion.
Oklahoma is projected to open up the initial BCS Standings just outside the Top 2, but ultimately will jump into a position to play for the BCS Championship after the LSU-Alabama game on November 5.
Someone has to lose that game.
Yet while the Sooners, or even the Cowboys for that matter, should be in position to play for the title, they will have to sweat it out until the season's last day to find out for sure.
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