Big 12 South champ Oklahoma still has to impress voters

Friday, November 19th 2004, 9:43 am
By: News On 6

DALLAS (AP) _ Oklahoma's Big 12 South football title is in the bag, but OU must keep impressing poll voters to sustain its hopes of a national title.

Because of its weaker remaining schedule, Oklahoma's best chance of maintaining its Number Two spot in the BCS ratings and national title hopes is to run up a couple of big scores.

The Sooners play Saturday at Baylor, a team OU has beaten in all of their 13 previous meetings. In the past five years OU has beaten the Bears by an average of 38 points.

After Baylor is the Big 12 championship game December Fourth -- perhaps against a team without even a winning conference record.

There are just two other Big 12 games tomorrow, and both have implications in the Big 12 North race. Iowa State, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska all have title shots. Iowa State travels to Kansas State, and Missouri hosts Kansas. Colorado and Nebraska are idle.

The rest of the South's teams have open dates before ending their regular seasons the weekend after Thanksgiving.

That's when sixth-ranked Texas hosts Number 22 Texas A&M, and Number 23 Oklahoma State travels to unranked Texas Tech.