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Oklahoma overtakes Texas in BCS standings for shot at Big 12 title; Florida Gators remain fourth

NEW YORK — Oklahoma, not Texas, is headed to the Big 12 title game with an inside track to the national title game by moving ahead of the Longhorns in the BCS standings released Sunday.

Texas' win against the Sooners in October wasn't enough to give the Longhorns the advantage in a three-way tie with Texas Tech atop the Big 12 South.

The Big 12 had to use its fifth tiebreaker, best BCS rating, to determine which team will play North Division winner Missouri on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.

The Sooners, who lost to Texas 45-35 in October, have a .9351 BCS average. Texas' average is .9223.

Oklahoma was a point ahead of Texas in the coaches' poll and six points behind the Longhorns in the Harris Interactive. The computer ratings preferred the Sooners, and that made the difference.

"They don't have agendas, they don't have loyalties, they don't have opinions. They don't have all the bias that everyone else does," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.

So Texas will be watching two teams it beat play for the conference title, rooting for Missouri.

"We knew that a good team was going to be left out of the Big 12 championship. Unfortunately, in this situation, it was us," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "… We don't like it, we don't agree with it or think it's fair, but … we'll handle it and move forward."

Oklahoma is second in the BCS behind unbeaten Alabama. Texas is third, Florida fourth.

The winner of the SEC title game between Alabama and Florida is virtually guaranteed a spot in the BCS title game.

Oklahoma would earn the other spot by beating Missouri. If the Sooners lose, it could open the door for Texas to go to the national title game, despite not playing for its conference title.

If voters are squeamish about that scenario, maybe Southern Cal could get a shot.

The Sooners were behind Texas last week in the BCS standings by a tiny margin. The Sooners led the Longhorns in the polls, but a week ago the computers had Texas ahead of Oklahoma.

After Oklahoma's 61-41 win vs. Oklahoma State — 14th in the standings — and Texas' 49-9 win over Texas A&M, the polls tightened, but the computers flipped.

Oklahoma overtakes Texas in BCS standings for shot at Big 12 title; Florida Gators remain fourth 11/30/08 [Last modified: Sunday, November 30, 2008 9:27pm]
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