IT’S TEXAS WEEK!!! (updated)

Hmm. Well. OK, that didn’t go the way we wanted. That was painful. And depressing. And it made me want Prozac.

And it was yesterday. It’s old news. No time to wallow—it’s Texas week!

The Sooners are now #9 in the Harris (BCS) poll and #10 in the USA Today (Coaches) poll, behind only Florida in one-loss teams in both surveys. Texas is now #17 in the Harris poll and #16 in the Coaches poll. Both teams lost to a Big 12 North opponent yesterday, but both teams are expected to win most of the rest of their conference games.

That means the Red River Rivalry puts the winner in the driver’s seat for the Big XII South and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl—and, if there are no undefeated teams in December, in contention for the national championship. The loser is probably looking at a post-season list that would be lucky to top out with the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, but probably starts with the Gator or Alamo Bowl.

(For those who don’t know: After the BCS chooses its representatives, including no more than two Big 12 teams, the bowls pick in the following order and are not required to respect conference finishing order: Cotton Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Gator Bowl*, Alamo Bowl, Sun Bowl*, Insight Bowl, Independence Bowl, Texas Bowl.

The Gator Bowl and Sun Bowl split their spots with the Big East conference. Jerry Palm explains this at his site, well worth the annual $15 fee if you’re hooked on college football (go sign up now!):

Beginning with 2006, the Gator and Sun Bowls are sharing a spot with the Big 12 and Big East. Each year, the Gator will choose first between the Big East #2 or the Big 12 #4. If the Gator picks a Big East team or ND [Notre Dame], the Sun will get the #5 choice in the Big 12. If the Gator takes a Big 12 team, the Sun gets the Big East #2. The Gator also has a one time option over the next four years to choose second from the Big 12 instead of fourth. The Gator is required to split the four years evenly between the Big 12 and the Big East/ND. In 2006, the Gator took a Big East team (WV).

This increases the chances that the Gator Bowl will pick a Big 12 team this year, and if they don’t, they must do so in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.)

So, despite talk about the “luster” coming off the game, it’s a very important conference match indeed. Plus, it’s Texas, as if it needed to be any more important than that. Texas has won the last two games in the series and one national championship, following a five-game OU domination streak that included one national championship and two more attempts. Both teams have something to prove, and a national high-def TV audience watching them attempt to prove it. It’s time to look forward.

Texas Weekend begins Friday, as usual, with The Pride‘s trip to Dallas, starting with a public rehearsal Friday morning at Pauls Valley High School. The Pride performs Friday night at the Lewsville vs. Carrollton Newman Smith football game at Standridge Stadium, plus usual appearances at the OU Club of Dallas’s “Beat Texas” dance. All of the public performances are now listed on our Events calendar, complete with addresses and links to Google Maps where available. (Note that some events are private, invitation-only, sold out, or all of the above.)

If you’re in Dallas or going there for the game, come see the Pride in other places if you can and support our kids. And start practicing those rah-rahs, because Homecoming 2007 is less than two weeks away, with a schedule coming very soon. BOOMER SOONER!