No Spin Zone answers to potential OU-Texas BCS showdown


Monday, November 17th 2008, 2:08 pm
By: News 9


The possible tie-breaker scenario where the BCS rankings determine the Big 12 South winner is not only a hot topic around these parts, but around the college football nation.

I've copied a few samples of the Q and A chat room feedback this morning on ESPN.com. These particular queries came from people living well outside Norman and Austin. The answers come from the Man With The Answers, ESPN's college football researcher/analyst and BCS expert Brad Edwards. Just call him the No Spin Guy in the No Spin Room....and remember, the spin stops here, cause he's looking out for you....
Specific questions and answers relayed verbatim...you can call it the No Spin Zone Answers of the Potential OU vs. Texas BCS Showdown:


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Could the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh game decide the tiebreaker between Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas Tech? Brad Edwards: An interesting thought. A win by Cincinnati would certainly strengthen the schedule of Oklahoma and could be enough to put them over the top of Texas in the computers. Either way, though, I think the computer numbers for UT and OU will be close enough that the tie will ultimately be broken by the 175 voters in the two polls. Could the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh game decide the tiebreaker between Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas Tech?


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How is it conceivable for people to think of having OU jump Texas if they beat TT this weekend? Wouldn't their loss to Texas play into the decision at all? Brad Edwards: The issue is that there would presumably be a 3-way tie for the division between Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech. In this case, voters would be justified in ignoring head-to-head, because there would be no way to rank the three teams without having one of them ahead of a team that beat them. Oklahoma would certainly have the most impressive finish to the season of the three, and that might be enough to get them ahead of Texas.


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Do you think Oklahoma gets to the championship game if they win out? Brad Edwards: I think Oklahoma wins the tie if there's a perception that it's a decision between three teams. If Texas Tech falls far enough after losing to Oklahoma (say, behind USC), the voters might recognize that it's really a decision between Oklahoma and Texas and then apply head-to-head as the deciding factor.


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Since ''style'' points supposedly matter in the event of a three-way tie, is it helpful that Texas beat Kansas in Lawrence by a wider margin that OU beat Kansas at home? Brad Edwards: It's helpful that Texas didn't play a close game after Texas Tech had wiped the field with that Kansas team a few weeks earlier. As sad as this is to say, I think most of the voters remember the Tech-Kansas game, but half of them would probably have to look at the schedule to remember that Oklahoma played Kansas.


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Dean: Finally, a knucklehead finishes the session with this dandy. His question to Edwards: So why is College Game day not at the BYU-Utah game this week? There is way more drama in this game than the TT-OU game. The ''Holy War'' with 1 loss between the two teams with BCS on the line TT-OU. Brad Edwards: Mike forgot to take his pills this morning. Thanks, everyone. I have a feeling there will be a few issues to talk about next week if Oklahoma wins. Have a good week.


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Folks, you can go to the bank with what Brad Edwards says. When I was with ABC and ESPN he would pump out material for announcers to scour so we'd have our facts straight.
As a matter of personal reference, I spoke with him a couple of times the night before a game I was calling with some very detailed questions that only research experts would be able to know or get their hands on quickly. On a busy weekend, he got back with me in a matter of minutes and provided more info than you'd ever want to know. He's a resource of knowledge and has a lengthy history of being accurate, having thought-proving analysis and writing in an easily understandable and cogent manner.


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Coming soon..opining about the potential standoff at the OK Corral between OU and Texas..and the double-down stakes with the BCS poll deciding by an infinitesimal margin not only which team is left holding the bag and which one advances to the National Championship Tournament Semifinals in Kansas City.. but also determining whether a Sooner or Longhorn wins the Heisman.
Yes, a distinct possibility, IF OU runs the table..a huge IF in my mind.