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December 2, 2007

Sooners still have a shot at a title

Commentary

Bob Stoops did what he could Saturday night. Or was it Sunday morning by the time he made his case Oklahoma might still belong in the national title game?

“Who is playing the best right now is what everybody likes to say,” he said. “Well, we just played very well for the second time against the No. 1 team in the country that you all voted. So, hopefully, people, when they vote, that matters to them.”

It was a nice thought, even though he couldn’t possibly have expected the voters to do him the favor. The Sooners entered the Big 12 title game the ninth-ranked team in the nation. As it is, Stoops, the Sooners and their nation can hardly complain, because when was the last time somebody jumped from No. 9 to No. 3 when Nos. 3,4,5,6,7 and 8 did not lose?

True, many didn’t play. And still, the Sooners’ leap in the polls may be more amazing than the performance they put together against Missouri, which was only their best game of the season and maybe the last three.

So that’s one headline.

Here’s the other one.

OU’s still in the national title hunt.

No kidding.

Stoops wanted the game and didn’t get it. And still, the Sooners aren’t done.

LSU has to beat Ohio State. That’s the help OU needs.

Oh, and West Virginia’s Pat White needs a clean bill of health.

Those things happen and Sooner destiny might well lie in Sooner hands.

I know.

You’re looking at the BCS games. You’re saying what does OU and West Virginia Jan. 2 in Glendale, Ariz., have to do with the national championship, what with LSU and Ohio State playing five days later in New Orleans?

It’s a good question.

But say LSU slogs through one more victory. Because, and usually this is a good thing, all the Tigers have done is win (except when they’ve lost in triple overtime). But maybe not this time because they haven’t looked good doing it against anybody that matters since taking down Virginia Tech 48-7 Sept. 8.

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