Texas Gets Jumped

The 11-1 Oklahoma Sooners have jumped the Texas Longhorns in the most recent BCS standings to earn the right to play in the Big XII Championship Game in Kansas City next Saturday against the North division champion Missouri Tigers (9-3).

The BCS standings are calculated using three equally weighted components: the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, and an average of six computer rankings.

The Coaches Poll released its poll first and its top five read Alabama (1521), Oklahoma (1397), Texas (1396), Florida (1385), and USC (1298). Texas Tech finished with 1116 points and rated eighth. That positioning virtually eliminated the Red Raiders from the Big 12 South tiebreaker scenario.

Texas trailed Oklahoma by 41 points last week, so the Longhorns picked up 40 points in this week's poll.

The biggest question mark surrounding the Coaches Poll has to be the three voters who voted Oklahoma and Florida as number 1 overall. With all due respect to the non-BCS conference undefeated teams (Utah, Boise State, and Ball State), Alabama deserves to garner every number one vote in the country.

The Harris Poll was released just before 3pm Central. This week's release had Texas at #3 and Oklahoma at #4 with a 6-point advantage. Last week, the Sooners had a 21-point edge in the Harris Poll over the Longhorns. So, Texas picked up 27 voters in the Harris poll.

The computers sealed the fate of the Longhorns. Last week, Texas held an advantage of .06. This week, Oklahoma had the advantage of .04. That 0.10 change was the difference.

Now, the Texas Longhorns now must sit and wait. If Missouri knocks off the Sooners in the Big XII championship game, the Longhorns would be in a position to go to the BCS National Championship game to face the winner of the SEC Championship game between Alabama and Florida. If Oklahoma wins, the Fiesta Bowl is the likely destination for the Longhorns.

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