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Sooners Up To 13th In Latest Coaches' Poll - Suddenly The BCS Means Something Again

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The best news for Oklahoma today is that Texas A&M only moved up one spot, from 19 to 18, after knocking of Nebraska Saturday night. The reason that's good news is because under the new tie breaker rule of the Big 12 Oklahoma could actually miss the Big 12 championship game in favor of A&M, if the beat the Cowboys. Here's how.

Let's make the assumption that OU beats Oklahoma State this coming weekend in Stillwater and A&M wins in Austin. Under the new tiebreaker rules it would come down to the highest ranked BCS team unless they are within one spot of each other in which the head-to-head would come into play. What that means is that we don't want A&M anywhere near Oklahoma in the BCS rankings when they are released this evening because when next week's final BCS rankings come out and it shows Oklahoma at #11 and the Aggies at #12 then it will be A&M heading to Arlington and not the Sooners. For now, we can rest assured that OU has a six spot cushion.  

USA Today Coaches' Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1 Oregon (48) 10-0 1459 1
2 Auburn (4) 11-0 1398 2
3 Boise State (5) 10-0 1341 3
4 TCU (2) 11-0 1300 4
5 Wisconsin 10-1 1211 5
6 LSU 10-1 1175 6
7 Ohio State 10-1 1116 7
8 Stanford 10-1 1112 8
9 Oklahoma State 10-1 990 10
10 Michigan State 10-1 927 11
11 Alabama 9-2 885 12
12 Arkansas 9-2 784 13
13 Oklahoma 9-2 733 14
14 Virginia Tech 9-2 723 15
15 Nebraska 9-2 614 9
16 Missouri 9-2 585 16
17 South Carolina 8-3 577 17
18 Texas A&M 8-3 492 19
19 Nevada 10-1 456 18
20 Arizona 7-3 279 23
21 Florida State 8-3 243 NR
22 Utah 9-2 228 24
23 North Carolina State 8-3 208 NR
24 Iowa 7-4 74 20
25 Mississippi State 7-4 68 22