OK can't be OK with slide down NCAA football poll

Oklahoma Sooners' quarterback Landry Jones looks to pass against the Connecticut Huskies during the...

Oklahoma Sooners' quarterback Landry Jones looks to pass against the Connecticut Huskies during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl college football game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, January 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Joshua Lott)

TODD SAELHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

OK, I get it.

Although OK itself might not.

The Oklahoma Sooners demolished Ball State (insert jokes here) 62-6 last week and were rewarded for their efforts by being dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in the AP national poll.

Wha??

Somehow, a 60-point victory isn’t enough to hold your spot in the nation.

This after Oklahoma was dropped to No. 2 from No. 1 two weeks ago despite dumping Missouri 38-28.

If you’re like me, then it’s a surprising downward tumble for the Sooners — and yet, they haven’t lost yet.

But yes, one can argue LSU — the new No. 1 — is the legitimate top team due to their recent wins. They topped then-16th ranked West Virginia 47-21 to take over top spot. Trouble is, the Tigers defeated a weak sister, too, last week, beating Kentucky 35-7 on home turf. While the Wildcats are no Ball State, it wasn’t a 60-point butt-kicking. Yet still, they’re on top, while OK gets sacked to No. 3 thanks to Alabama’s dominant road victory — 38-10 over the Florida Gators — in the Swamp.

Are the Crimson Tide deserving of their new No.-2 ranking? Sure, although again one can argue Florida was over-hyped to begin with — just the team that landed significant status because SEC pundits desperately wanted an Eastern Division squad ranked high in the polls.

Realistically, the nation’s top eight teams — LSU through Clemson (even Boise State) — all deserve to be in contention for the BCS title at this point. They’re all undefeated and all have big wins on their resume. That said, why then is anybody getting shuffled down in the rankings, especially after dominant victories.

It just seems like the Sooners are getting the short end of the stick. Until they lose — and that could easily happen this week — why should they lose ground in the polls?

Ah well … the debate — and the voting process to rank teams weekly — is what makes U.S. college football a ton of fun.

First down

Boise State also got punched in the mouth after a convincing 30-10 victory over nemesis Nevada, getting dropped to No. 5 thanks to No. 7 Wisconsin’s big 48-17 win over No. 8 Nebraska. Only Oklahoma is getting less respect than Boise State. Meanwhile, No. 5 OK State took a hit because they didn’t play, falling to No. 6, with Wisconsin leapfrogging two teams … Tired of all the SEC-Big 12-Pac 12 shuffle talk? Well, here’s something that finally makes sense. TCU said ‘yes’ to an invite this week to join Texas and Texas Tech in the Big 12, replacing Texas A&M, after the Aggies decided to move to the SEC. Beginning next season, TCU, currently in the Big East, will play conference rivals from its own neighbourhood instead of traipsing halfway across the country to play sports. The rivalries are already in their backyard, and the Horned Frogs boast quality programs … With the Big 12 crumbling — or renovating — Missouri is looking elsewhere with hopes an invitation or two is coming its way. Reports say Missou wants to slide over to the Big 10 so much so that it would accept an invite there even if it’s asked to join the SEC. (Ya, right!).

Fourth & goal

Guess who’s on the Case in Texas? That’s right — Colt McCoy’s little brother, sophomore Case, is now running the show for the Longhorns and will for the next few years now that QB Garrett Gilbert is out of the picture. Gilbert lost his starting job to the younger McCoy after two tilts this season and had season-ending surgery to fix his shoulder, so Gilbert received his release from Texas to find another school, where he hopes to use his final two years of eligibility. Really, Gilbert never had a chance with another McCoy on the ball in Austin.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

3 Oklahoma -91/2 vs. 11 Texas (Dallas)

Saturday 10 a.m.

Maybe the game of the year. Why? Because it’s the Red River Rivalry. Both teams come in undefeated for the 26th time — and for the second time in seven years. Nobody is the home team since it’s being played at the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners are seething after dropping in the polls from No. 1 to No. 3. And the Longhorns are surging, having fun by spreading the ball around and varying their playcalling. PICK: TEXAS

17 Florida at 1 LSU -131/2 (Sat.)

Confidence is in tank after Florida whipped by Alabama at home last week, and now Gators have lost starting QB, senior John Brantley. That leaves three freshman pivots to play the vaunted LSU ‘D’. Yikes!! PICK: LSU

Boston College at 8 Clemson -20.5 (Sat.)

If you’ve watched Clemson, you know they can put up the points, especially at home. And B.C. has looked terrible this season. Should be a blowout. PICK: CLEMSON

East Carolina at Houston -101/2 (Sat.)

Yup, I’m going back to the well with this one, even though I’ve been burned a few times by the Cougars lately. At home, they score at well. And East Carolina’s Pirates miss more than they hit. PICK: HOUSTON


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