And Your Wager...Texas With A Dollar Sign In Front Of It
By Jeff Falconio
The polls are closed and the voters have spoken. History was indeed made. Somehow, someway Texas Tech leapfrogged over Penn State in the BCS standings. Before I go on my annual early November "why the BCS stinks" rant, let me first say bravo to Texas Tech. I really didn't think the Red Raiders could beat Texas last Saturday. Soft on defense, that's what I felt about Texas Tech. Homeland security is not a problem in the Big XII cause nobody plays defense and with the combination of Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree the Red Raiders can put tons of points on the board.
But what about experience? Surely the Red Raiders would wilt under the pressure of prime time football while the venerable Texas Longhorns, an old and storied program with decades of experience, would outsmart this up-and-coming program that had only spent a few weeks in the Top 25 before declaring their intentions to win the national title. And that late surge by the Longhorns in the fourth quarter would be enough, right? Nope. Texas Tech did everything a team needs to do to pull off such a win, build a big lead early and then exude confidence.
Hey, when you beat the number one team in the country you deserve accolades. But let me get this straight: Texas Tech is third, behind Penn State, in both the coaches and Harris polls yet second in the BCS. How is that possible? Ah, those pesky computer rankings. Those computers, which aren't supposed to factor in the human-like knee jerk reaction to Texas Tech's biggest win in history or conference strength perception, project Tech as a better team than Penn State. I'm no Nittany Lions supporter but Penn State crushed everyone before beating Ohio State by seven two weeks ago, a big win in itself. But in the eyes of the BCS, number three is actually number two and once again we're headed toward another three-teams-with-identical-records-someone's-gonna-get-aced-out debate. Ah, but there's no need to settle this one with a playoff, the regular season IS a playoff. Of course, it really didn't work last year when USC and Georgia had a legitimate argument to play in the title game. It didn't work in 2003 or 2004 either. Yeah, I'm sure it'll work this year though.
But while words like "change" and "hope" are thrown about in the towns like Lubbock, Texas this week, reality is going to set in real quick. Tech's next two opponents are Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, the latter on the road in Norman. No time for a victory lap for the Red Raiders. But then again, when you beat the top team in the land you're allowed a moment in the sun. We learned on Saturday night that all things are possible and at least for one week the BCS can say yes, Texas Tech can.