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Texas Gets Jumped
Burnt Orange Beat
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).

Longhorns react to BCS standings and Big 12 tiebreaker
Mack Brown Texas Football
"Going into the last couple of weeks, we knew that a good team was going to be left out of the Big 12 Championship," said head coach Mack Brown. "Unfortunately, in this situation, it was us."

Friendly Short end of Big 12 tiebreaker disappoints Texas
Austin American Statesman
In the most chaotic tiebreaker in league history, Oklahoma earned a trip to the Big 12 Conference championship game by edging Texas .013 of a point.

Summing up the BCS for the Big 12's best
Austin American Statesman
Forget 45-35, the score of Texas' win over Oklahoma in October. The score that really matters is 0.9351 to 0.9223 - the Sooners' and Longhorns' Bowl Championship Series averages, which broke a three-way tie in the Big 12 South and awarded a berth in the conference championship game next Saturday to Oklahoma. In moving up to No. 2 Sunday, the Sooners leapfrogged the Longhorns, who dropped to third.

Latest BCS standings not a surprise
Austin American Statesman
You're not surprised, are you? There is no way you thought the BCS would reward the Texas Longhorns, did you?

Kirk Bohls: Top 10 observations for the week
Austin American Statesman
Break it down any way you want, but Texas deserved to be ahead of Oklahoma in Sunday's BCS standings because it beat the Sooners by 10 points on the field. Everything else is speculation.

Southern discomfort: BCS puts Oklahoma in Big 12 title game
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops woke up with a knot in his stomach Sunday, worried how pollsters and computers would view a 20-point win over Oklahoma State.

A raw deal for UT from flawed system
Houston Chronicle
Let's begin with the Big 12 Conference. Great tiebreaking system, fellas. Really nice going.

OU gets Big 12 final berth over Texas
Houston Chronicle
The Longhorns beat Oklahoma by 10 points on a neutral field. But .13 of a point will keep them from playing in the Big 12 championship game.

UT's edge — an argument lasts forever
San Antonio Express News
Bob Stoops wasn't wrong Sunday when he argued the Sooners deserve their place in Kansas City. In this debate of circular logic, Oklahoma's claim is as strong as anyone's.

BCS has Horns fuming
San Antonio Express News
Seven weeks after announcing themselves as the best team in the Big 12 South by beating Oklahoma, the Texas Longhorns had that identity taken away from them via computer.

Other Football

Texas Tech's Harrell, Crabtree have time to heal
Dallas Morning News
Texas Tech looks like a likely pick for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 2 in Fair Park, and all indications are that its two Heisman contenders will be healthy by then.

Wyoming hires Mizzou coordinator
Rocky Mountain News
Dave Christensen, ranked the No. 1 offensive coach in college football by, has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain News has learned. An announcement is expected within 24 hours.

5 Thoughts - Cleaning Up The Big 12's Mess
College Football News
Does Oklahoma really have a legitimate case to be in the Big 12 title game over Texas? Should Texas play for the national title if Missouri beats the Sooners? Who should be the coach of the year, and stumping for Boise State over Ohio State in this week's 5 Thoughts.

Computers defy logic in boosting Sooners
What is it that Oklahoma has on these computers? For the second time in six years, the computers — and only the computers — are the reason the Sooners get to play for the national championship.


Texas sleepwalks, beats Rice 77-56
Burnt Orange Beat
The #6 Texas Longhorns took care of business on Sunday with a sluggish performance in a game against the Rice Owls that was sandwiched in between the Maui Invitational and a Thursday showdown with UCLA.

Texas men's basketball team beats Rice
Austin American Statesman
With some of his teammates moving as if they were still trudging through the deep sand of Maui, Dogus Balbay provided some energy.

UT shakes off rust, defeats Rice 77-56
Houston Chronicle
It didn't take long for Texas coach Rick Barnes to address the idea that the Longhorns' sluggish defensive effort in the first half Sunday was connected with their return trip from the Maui Invitational. Barnes was swift in assessing that Texas' woes were in no way related to its lengthy jaunt.


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