Oklahoma passed Texas in today's updated BCS standings, boosted by a significant bump in the computer component of the BCS formula.
The Sooners, who were second in the updated standings, have a BCS average of .935. Texas, which was No. 2 last week, feel to third with a BCS average of .922.
Under Big 12 tiebreaker rules, the Sooners (11-1, 7-1 in Big 12) will advance to Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game in Kansas City, Mo. against Missouri (9-3, 5-3), the North Division representative, because they finished ahead of the other South Division co-champs in today's BCS standings.
Texas (11-1, 7-1) and Texas Tech (11-1, 7-1), who also shared the South title, will be left to ponder their future bowl destinations.
Oklahoma, No.3 in last week's BCS standings, overtook Texas despite significant gains by the Longhorns in today's human polls. Texas passed Florida in the coaches poll, moving from No. 4 to No.3, and jumped Oklahoma in the Harris Interactive poll. Harris was No. 3 this week with Harris voters, one spot ahead of Oklahoma.
But the Sooners made enough headway in the computer rankings to pass the Longhorns by defeating Oklahoma State, 61-41, Saturday night in Stillwater, Okla. Last week, Texas stood ahead of Oklahoma in the computer rankings. But OU more than closed the gap today, sending the Sooner to the Big 12 title game.
_ Jimmy Burch