Oklahoma State was impressive in its 38-13 win over Texas last Saturday. Baylor and OSU could decide the Big 12 champion at Boone Pickens Stadium this Saturday. Yet, regardless which teams wins, there’s still a lot of football left to be played this season.
Let’s quickly review the Big 12 three-way tiebreakers. They’re always worth knowing:
1. The records of the three teams will be compared against each other (head-to-head competition).
2. The records of the three teams will be compared against the next-highest placed teams in the conference in order of finish (fourth, fifth and sixth).
3. The highest-ranked team in the BCS -- unless two of the tied teams are ranked within one spot of the other. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top-two ranked tied teams shall determine the BCS bowl representative (this stems from the 2008 OU-Texas controversy).
Here’s how the conference race is shaping up:
Baylor (9-0, 6-0) faces its biggest test of the year on Saturday. If the Bears win in Stillwater it sends another message that they’re in the BCS title conversation for good. And TCU and UT would stand as the lone teams standing between BU and an undefeated season. If the Bears lose to OSU, they have to hope Oklahoma can knock off the Cowboys in Bedlam on Nov. 7 and they win their last two games to earn the Big 12 crown.
OSU (9-1, 6-1) is on fire, winning six straight, including wins in Lubbock and Austin, since its loss to West Virginia. The Cowboys win their last two games, and they’ll be the Big 12 champion. If they lose to Baylor, they’re pretty much out of the conversation unless chaos creates multiple two-loss teams atop the standings, starting with BU losses to TCU and Texas.
Texas (7-3, 6-1) took a clear step backward with its blowout loss to the Cowboys at home last weekend. Yet, if UT wins its final two games over Texas Tech and Baylor, it could still earn a Big 12 title if OSU loses to Oklahoma or Baylor. In that scenario the Longhorns would be the lone one-loss team or win a head-to-head tiebreaker with a one-loss Baylor. Much like the Pokes, if they lose to TTU on Thanksgiving or Baylor on Dec. 7, they’d need a bunch of help to earn a Big 12 title.