Oklahoma fans have had little to complain about the BCS.
Arguments could have been made the Sooners shouldn’t have been in the national championship games in 2003, 2004 and 2008.
Those arguments grew a little stronger after the Sooners lost all three games.
But today, OU fans can complain about the system.
Northern Illinois, No. 15 in the BCS with a 12-1 record, is in a BCS game and No. 11 OU isn’t.
The Huskies were ranked ahead of Big East champion Louisville in the BCS.
BCS rules state if a conference champion from an non-automatic qualifier is ranked in the top 16 and ranked ahead of a conference champion from an automatic qualifier, it gets to go to a BCS bowl.
So NIU is in fair and square, at least according to the rules.
First, OU can’t complain about a team from a non-qualifying conference getting in since the Sooners lost to Boise State in overtime in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
But that Boise State team, at least, was ranked in the top 10 and undefeated. The Broncs have done their best in recent years to upgrade the schedule.
Let’s not compare this Northern Illinois team to Boise State.
True, since Oct. 2, 2011, the Huskies have the best record in the country (21-1). AP reports that’s two more wins than Alabama and four more than Notre Dame. For the record, it’s five more than OU.
Then let’s look at the NIU schedule.
The one loss came against Iowa 18-17 in the season opener. That’s a Hawkeye team that went 2-6 in the one of the weakest-ever Big 10 in years and 4-8 overall.
It’s also an Iowa team that lost to Iowa State, the Big 12’s No. 9 team, 9-6 at home.
Northern Illinois did beat Big 12 cellar dweller Kansas 30-23. That was a highlight of an otherwise cupcake non-conference schedule, including wins over Tennessee-Martin 35-7 and Army 41-40.
They should get credit for going unbeaten in the Mid-America Conference, which is known for its parity. They beat then-No. 17 Kent State in the conference Championship. Remember, Kent State lost to Kentucky by 33 points.
But there are eight, or maybe nine, Big 12 teams that could have gone unbeaten with that schedule.
They are at least more legitimate than Louisville, who isn’t even ranked in the Associated Press top 20. Giving the Big East, after losing West Virginia, an automatic bid is an outrage.
OU can only blame itself. If the Sooners had beaten Kansas State, OU would be the undisputed Big 12 champs and be facing Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
Fiesta officials might have needed two scoreboards to record all the scoring in that game.
Actually, Sooner fans should be mad at old friend Nebraska. If the Huskers don’t get embarrassed in the Big 10 title game (70-31 to Wisconsin), NU would still be in the top 16 in the BCS and Northern Illinois would be outside looking in.
Of course, the Sooners might not have been in position for an at-large berth if not for another rule which limits conferences to only two BCS berths. One can’t blame No. 7 Georgia and No. 8 LSU fans to be even madder. Maybe ditto for No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 South Carolina.
The only good thing is OU is going to a bowl game (Cotton) that’s a short driving distance against another team (Texas A&M) that should be in a BCS game.
It’s safe to say it’s going to be a lot better than the Orange or Sugar bowls.
BRUCE CAMPBELL is a staff writer for the Enid News & Eagle
Oklahoma fans have had little to complain about the BCS.
Two UCO football players named All-Region
Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham and wide receiver Marquez Clark both earned first-team recognition on the Daktronics All-Super Region Three Team that was released today, with Clark also claiming second-team honors at kick returner.
First-team honorees on the four all-region teams selected around the country are now eligible for Daktronics All-America selection, with those teams to be announced Dec. 17.
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Defense and Kristian Doolittle drawing fouls aided Edmond Memorial to a 53-48 win in overtime at Norman North Tuesday night.
“It was a total team effort,” Bulldog head coach Shane Cowherd said about the triumph. “We had great play from Jacob Essman on the glass and Kristian Doolittle who drew foul after key foul.”
Down the stretch, Memorial’s Taylor Hicks hit some huge free throws to contribute to the team win. Hicks led the ‘Dogs with 14 points, Essman added 11 and Doolittle finished with nine.
“It was a very solid win for us,” Cowherd added. “Norman North is very talented.
Football playoffs moved back a week
With the primary concern of the safety and welfare of participants, coaches, administrators and fans, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) has postponed all state football playoff games one full week.
Oklahoma State University has served as a gracious host for the past four years for Classes 6A through A, and their understanding of the need to insure safe travel for the schools helped the OSSAA to make the determination. We also extend our gratitude to Tulsa University and their administrative staff for making themselves available to our member schools.
Lady Huskies start out in win column
The Edmond North Lady Huskies stepped out on the right foot Tuesday night, staving off visiting Stillwater 70-64 in the first game of the 2013-14 season.
“We kept our composure and continued to be aggressive,” said North head coach Karlie Free. “Stillwater attempted to apply some pressure with a full-court press, but we handled it and had kids step up and hit free throws down the stretch.”
Big baskets in the final period came from a pair of up-and-coming freshmen as 5-7 Lauren Koenig and 5-7 Emma Ledbetter came through in the clutch to keep the Huskies on top. The rookie duo each hit double-figures, scoring 10 points each.
Wolfpack swarms Millers in third quarter
After a 36-36 deadlock at intermission with Yukon Tuesday night, the Edmond Santa Fe boys jelled as a defense in the third period to pull away from the Millers 78-66 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“We didn’t come out and do a very good job defensively the whole night,” said Wolves coach Lenny Hatchett after the opening-night victory. “It was mainly because Yukon did a great job of playing smart and patient. We did come out in the second half and play more as a team, but we have to do a better job of putting four quarters together — we just played better team defense in the third quarter.”
In the third, the Wolfpack took the stanza handily by a 20-7 margin.
Wolf Curran Scott exploded for 29 points, hitting a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He was ensued by teammate Daron Mims’ 16 points.
Santa Fe will host 15th Street foe Edmond Memorial Friday night weather permitting.
YMCA spring sports registration nears
Registration for YMCA spring sports will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 24 for volleyball (ages 8-15), track (5-14) and soccer (3-14) at the Rankin and the new Mitch Park YMCA located at 1501 W. Covell Road.
For the Rankin YMCA, call 348-9622 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
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Seth Heckart scored eight points during a 22-6 run early in the second half that put Central Oklahoma back in control and the Bronchos went on to roll over Oklahoma City 85-63 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House on the second day of the UCO Classic.
The Stars had trimmed a 14-point first-half deficit to four early in the second half before Heckart scored five straight points to ignite the big scoring spurt that ended with UCO holding a 20-point cushion and the Bronchos coasted in from there.
It was the fourth straight win for Central, which improved to 6-1 in finishing off a two-game sweep in the weekend event.
UCO's Dauphin named MIAA Wrestler of Week
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The senior from El Reno captured the 157-pound title and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 23 as he remained undefeated on the season.
Dauphin breezed to three wins in the one-day tournament, following an opening-round bye with 7-2 and 6-1 victories before scoring a first-period fall in the finals. The defending national champion improved to 8-0 in running his winning streak to 26 in a row.
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