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Tim's mailbag: Now what about those Big 12 tiebreakers?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Caleb from Norman, Okla., writes: I have to throw out the scenario of if Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State all win out and Oklahoma State beats Texas and Oklahoma beats OK State, we would have a three-way tie for first in the Big 12 South. Who goes to the Big 12 Championship game then? The last few weeks of the season will be very interesting.

Tim Griffin: It would be very interesting, believe me. If the season was to finish out like you predict, the determination of the conference champion would be made on which team was ahead in the final regular-season BCS standings, which is the fifth tiebreaker.

Here, directly from the Big 12's media guide, is the list of tiebreakers. It might be something you want to periodically check during the next several weeks.

Big 12 divisional tiebreakers: The following procedure will determine the representative from each division in the event of a tie:

(a) If two teams are tied, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative
(b) If three or more teams are tied, steps 1 through 7 will be followed until a determination is made. If only two teams remain tied after any step,
the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative.
1. The records of the three teams will be compared against each other;
2. The records of the three teams will be compared within their division;
3. The records of the three teams will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division
in order of finish (4, 5 and 6);
4. The records of the three teams will be compared against all common conference opponents;
5. The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series standings following the completion of Big 12 regular season
conference play shall be the representative;
6. The team with the best overall winning percentage [excluding exempted games] shall be the representative;
7. The representative will be chosen by draw.

Hope that helps. I can hardly wait for the last month of the season.


Cody from Lincoln writes: Tim, you do a great job. I'm curious what is going to happen with Missouri and the North? The Kansas schedule is a killer and Mizzou has struggled. Will the Tigers rebound or do my Huskers have a chance in the north via the back door? (like Tennessee last year in the SEC East)

Tim Griffin: Cody, thanks for your nice words. Missouri's struggles aren't a good sign as it tries to become the North's first back-to-back winner since Colorado in 2004-05. But I do like the Tigers' schedule better than Kansas, which still has games against Texas Tech and Texas approaching. Kansas currently has a game in hand against the Tigers. But I still think its regular-season finale Nov. 29 at Arrowhead Stadium will decide the title. Nebraska has improved over the last two games, but I think it's asking too much to think it could climb back into contention after a 1-2 start. But the Cornhuskers do get their key games against the North Division contenders at home. I think that will be enough to get them back into a bowl game this year, but not into championship contention.


Jack from Lubbock writes: I think some people have forgotten this: Kyle Field, 1986, A&M 38-8 over Tech. Aggies had the ball with 18 seconds remaining to drive for another touchdown. Final score was 45-8. Pot, meet the kettle.

Tim Griffin: Jack, you are correct, although the two coaches involved in that game, Jackie Sherrill and Spike Dykes, remain good friends even after that game. I think fans remember such on-the-field actions a lot longer than coaches and players do.


Colin from Edmond, Okla., writes: Do you think it would be possible for Oklahoma and Texas to play again for the national championship if they both go undefeated for the rest of the season?

Tim Griffin: It could happen, although it will require both Penn State and Alabama to lose for a start.

Oklahoma then must run the table to keep its BCS rating high. And Texas would likely have to win all of its remaining games, winning the Big 12 South and then the Big 12 championship.
A lot of things have to happen for it to occur, but it might be kind of fun to see those old rivals battle for a national championship in Miami.


Richard Nelson from Houston writes: I enjoy your blog. I am graduate of Texas but have a daughter at LSU and am going there this weekend. How can I find out if the UT/OSU game is going to shown in Baton Rouge so I can watch it from Tiger Stadium on my handheld TV?

Tim Griffin: Richard, I get this question almost every week from a reader and I'm glad you reminded me. My best advice would be to check ESPN.com on Wednesday when the coverage maps are complete. It will give you an idea of which game will be shown where. Do a search and it should turn up for you.


Cecil from Plano writes: Just wondering if you saw the following high school score: Bells 118, Honey Grove 48 and what your thoughts were? Could we be seeing any of the players playing in the Big 12?

Tim Griffin: Sounds like there might be some future Big 12 quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs in that one, doesn't it? But I'm amazed at some of the high school scores I see across Texas when I scan my newspaper every Saturday morning. The spread offense has taken its effect across the street, paving the way for a lot of the high-scoring games we've seen in colleges.


Terry Morgan writes: Tim, I think the nation is in for quite a rude awakening this Saturday in Austin. OSU's scoring machine will be as consistent as in games past and the defense will ramp up the quality of play, as they have continued to improve every week. OSU-38, UT-31.

Tim Griffin: Terry, it has to give Mike Gundy and his team great confidence after their victory in Missouri two weeks ago. But the way that Texas played last week against those same Tigers might have been the Longhorns' best performance since their national championship season. If the Longhorns play anywhere close to their performance last week, I love their chances. But my complete prediction will be coming later in the week. So please check back.


Kyle from Tallahassee, Fla., writes: I watched both the Texas/Oklahoma and Oklahoma State/Missouri games and it was obvious to me that Texas would put 50 plus points on Missouri's defense. Why was it not obvious to most others in the media? Missouri was obviously not a top 15 team when it played OSU. Why all the love for the Tigers?

Tim Griffin: Many of my media brethren seemed to really be smitten by the Tigers' offense and Chase Daniel in particular. Heck, I was too during most of the summer!

One of the most esteemed members of the Big 12 media corps said the Missouri offense was the best he had seen since Nebraska in 1983. I guess that's changed a little in the last couple of weeks.

That being said, I still think the Tigers will win the Big 12 North. And I wouldn't be surprised if they played the South Division challenger closer than some might think in a potential championship game -- particularly Texas or Oklahoma State in a rematch game.


Matt from Kansas City writes: OK, so I know Kansas lost. But how does a
guy who catches 12 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns like Dezmon Briscoe not get any recognition for it when you compile your helmet stickers?

Tim Griffin: Matt, it's kind of an unspoken rule that your team must win in order to earn a helmet sticker, unless a stupendous performance took place. And Briscoe almost got one. But there were far too many other deserving recipients from teams which won last week.

But how about this peace offering? Look for my story on Dezmon that will be posted sometime Wednesday afternoon. Just got finished talking to him. Seems like a good kid.


Rachel from Madison writes: The national media's chosen storyline for the Penn State-Michigan game was how well Michigan "almost" managed to do, whereas the story for Texas Tech-Texas A&M was the amazing stats put up by Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree. But didn't A&M perform comparably to Michigan?

Tim Griffin: Rachel, I think so. The Aggies made the Red Raiders work for their victory. I think it was A&M's best game of the season. It will be interesting to see if they can muster enough effort to win a game or two during the rest of the season. A&M's schedule is going to be an absolute bear.


D. Garr from Oklahoma City writes: Please do a current (and realistic) comparative analysis of Colt McCoy vs Sam Bradford for the Heisman, if you could.

Tim Griffin: Every Heisman voter is swayed by different attributes or qualities. But I think team success is paramount, and that's why McCoy is ranked ahead of Bradford in most polls.

Also, I think most voters still remember that Texas beat Oklahoma in a game where McCoy's passing and running skills helped subdue the Sooners. And I realize that Bradford matched his career-high with five touchdown passes in that game -- and that he wasn't playing defense, either.

As long as Texas is undefeated and remains No. 1 in the country, I've got to think McCoy remains the favorite. But if his team loses and Bradford keeps posting the monster numbers we've seen the last few weeks, maybe he jumps past him.

But I've also got to believe that if Graham Harrell can orchestrate what I believe what would be an upset victory for Texas Tech over Texas, maybe that puts him ahead of both of them if the Red Raiders can keep winning. We'll just have to wait and see how the season plays out.


Andy from Phoenix writes: This week, I've considered the fact that right now Iowa State might actually be the toughest school to win at of any BCS conference school. What do you think about that? Can you think of a tougher place to win now than in Ames, Iowa?

Tim Griffin: Gene Chizik has his work cut out for him. But I've got to consider that the job that Art Briles faces at Baylor is just as tough -- and maybe even a tad more difficult. Mainly because Chizik only has to play three South Division teams every season and Briles has to play all five of them.

Thanks for all of the letters this past week. Keep checking my blog out and enjoy the games on Saturday. There should be some good ones.