I should have seen it coming…
I was surprised when Miami jumped over OU and I was shocked when Clemson jumped over OU as well. At that point, I had to ask myself if I had been living in a cave for the past five years.
Point being…OU must be head and shoulders above other Power Conference teams to make the playoffs. Even a beat down of what was considered to be a great defensive team did little to impact the selection committee.
Now I’m worried…for this team and this quarterback not to make the playoffs in 2017 would be a travesty. Then again, if it does not happen, we will have only our leaders to blame. We knew going in that overcoming the albatross known as the Big 12 Conference would be tough.
The OU win over Ohio State will still matter, but only if the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game. Otherwise the Badgers will be in.
Add to this mix the Clemson/Miami and the Alabama/Auburn/Georgia winners. If my math is correct, this leaves only one spot for the rest of America.
OU fans must then pray that the committee does not put the loser of these games in the top four as well. If so, OU will be toast.
Okay, here’s the plan. We have to do the very thing I scolded OU fans about last week. OU needs to score style points against Kansas and West Virginia. Then, TCU needs to score style points against Texas Tech and Baylor. Finally, OU will have to throw caution against the win and beat the tar out of TCU in the Big 12 Championship game.
As they say, it is what it is…just like we can’t change defensive coordinators in midstream, we also can’t change our conference affiliation.
We can still get there, but with most things these days, it won’t be easy. It is crunch time in Oklahoma.