Tramel: OU could play one less game and still make Big 12 title game
The OU-West Virginia postponement shifts the narrative on the Sooners’ postseason situation. Since early October, OU has needed to win out AND needed help, both in reaching the Big 12 Championship Game and in (admittedly a longshot) reaching the College Football Playoff.
Now comes a third factor. The Sooners need to play. The OU-WVU postponement means no wiggle room. If the OU-Baylor game, scheduled for December 5, can’t be played, there’s no other week to move it. Same now with the OU-WVU reschedule.
The Big 12 has a protocol in place that if a team finishes a half game behind in the standings, head-to-head trumps winning percentage when determining contestants for the Big 12 title game.
So for example, if OU and OSU each finish with two defeats in conference, the Sooners would get the nod, even though their 6-2 would be a win behind the Cowboys’ 7-2. That’s courtesy of OU’s 41-13 victory last week.
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And the same considerations are given in three- and four-way ties. If OU, OSU, Texas and Iowa State each finished with two losses, but OU played one fewer game, the Sooners would be included in the tiebreaking scenarios, since they beat both the Longhorns and the Cowboys.
However, such accommodations are not made if a team plays TWO fewer games than the average number of conference games played by teams.
So if the Sooners can’t play either of the West Virginia or Baylor games, their hopes are sunk.
An Iowa State victory over Texas on Friday would put the Cyclones in the Big 12 title game. An Iowa State loss would create the possibility of a three- or four-way tie.