Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas coach Mack Brown knew that a good team would be left out of the Big 12's title game when the three-team tie in the South Division was settled by BCS standings.
"Unfortunately, in this situation, it was us," Brown said after learning that his team had been nosed out by Oklahoma for the championship-game position, despite beating the Sooners in a game earlier this season.
"It is what it is," Brown said. "We don't like it, we don't agree with it or think it's fair, but like anything else, we'll handle it and move forward."
The Longhorns will become only the second team in the history of the conference to beat both title game representatives earlier in the same season -- Oklahoma and Missouri. Texas turned the trick in 2006 when the Longhorns beat the Sooners and Nebraska.
"I'm really disappointed for our kids that two teams we beat this season will be playing for the Big 12 championship," Brown said. "I'll try to explain it to them, but most importantly, my message will be that you've done enough to put yourself in position to play for the conference championship, you had a great season and there still is a lot out there to play for.
Most BCS observers have speculated there is virtually no way the Longhorns will get left out of a BCS bowl with an 11-1 record. If favored Oklahoma wins the Big 12 championship over Missouri, the Longhorns likely will be headed for the Fiesta Bowl for a bowl game against either Utah or Ohio State.
"We'll wait and see how everything plays out and where the system sends us, then be ready to play our best game of the year wherever that is," Brown said. "I do appreciate all of the respect many of the poll voters and fans gave to our season and the importance they placed on the head-to-head matchup in the end. But, unfortunately, it was not enough."
Brown also proposed a rule change that would alter how the Big 12 employs BCS standings in the future in the case of three-way ties.
"Since this situation has never happened before in the Big 12, I think the conference should follow the lead of all of the other BCS leagues with championship games [ACC/Conference USA/Mid-American/SEC] in how they settle three-way ties," Brown said. "I think their systems are fairer and give more credit to how the two highest-ranked teams performed against each other on the field."
If that system had been in place, Texas Tech would have been thrown out because of having the lowest BCS ranking among the three South Division tri-champions. The Texas-Oklahoma deadlock would then have been decided by a head-to-head meeting which the Longhorns would have won because of their 45-35 triumph Oct. 11 in Dallas.