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November 2, 2008

Sooners still in title hunt

The roars going through Owen Field Saturday night weren’t just to celebrate Oklahoma’s 62-28 victory over Nebraska. A lot of fans, players and coaches hung around to see what happened in Lubbock, Texas. One of the loudest roars you’ll ever hear at the Switzer Center occurred when Texas Tech sealed its victory over Texas minutes after the Sooners’ win.

Thoughts of being back in the race for the Big 12 title and national championship were invigorating. OU coach Bob Stoops didn’t say much to his team Saturday night. He didn’t feel it was necessary.

“That won’t take long for them to understand that. They already do,” he said.

But anyone that thinks the Sooners (8-1, 4-1 Big 12) have control of their own destiny is sadly mistaken. There’s still several things that must fall into place for that to happen.

OU actually dropped two spots to No. 6 in the latest BCS rankings released Sunday night. It was passed by Texas Tech, which moved from seventh to second, and by Florida, which climbed from eighth to fifth after topping then-No. 8 Georgia 49-10.

Alabama moved into the top spot from No. 2 last week. Penn State is third. Texas remained ahead of the Sooners at No. 4.

The BCS rankings are comprised of votes received in the USA Today coaches poll (the Sooners remained at No. 4), the Harris Interactive poll (OU dropped a spot to No. 5) and an average of six computer rankings. The machines did the major damage to the Sooners. The computer averages spit them out a No. 9.

The rankings are critical to the Sooners not just because Nos. 1 and 2 go to the national championship game, but they could also decide who represents the Big 12 South in the conference title game. The Red Raiders (9-0, 5-0) are currently in the driver’s seat, but still have to face OSU (8-1, 4-1) and OU in their next two games.

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