It is Sunday morning, Judgment Day for the three football teams tied for first place in the Big 12 South Division. And the first piece of public evidence used in calculating the BCS standings is not encouraging for fans of the Texas Longhorns.
Jeff Sagarin has jumped Oklahoma over Texas in his updated computer rankings, which he releases through USA Today. It is one of six sets of computer rankings used to calculate the BCS standings, which will be the tiebreaker used today to decide whether Oklahoma (11-1, 7-1 in Big 12), Texas (11-1, 7-1) or Texas Tech (11-1, 7-1) represents the South Division in Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game.
Whichever of the three South co-champs is highest in today's BCS standings will meet Missouri (9-3, 5-3), the North Division representative, Saturday night in Kansas City, Mo. to decide the Big 12 title.
Sagarin's rankings are the only piece of today's BCS puzzle to come to light thus far. Five other sets of computer rankings, none of which have been made public, also factor into the BCS standings. So do the coaches poll and the Harris Interactive poll, neither of which has been released today.
As of this morning, Sagarin's computer rankings have Oklahoma at No. 1 and Texas at No. 2. Last week, the Sagarin rankings had Texas at No. 1 and OU at No. 4. The Longhorns defeated the Sooners, 45-35, in head-to-head play on Oct. 11. In the latest Sagarin rankings, the top six teams are Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, USC, Texas Tech and Alabama.
Although Alabama (12-0) is sixth in the Sagarin rankings, the Crimson Tide has been No. 1 in the BCS for the last several weeks because the team is a consensus No. 1 pick among poll voters. Alabama also held the highest BCS computer ranking last week, despite Sagarin's input.
_ Jimmy Burch