Big 12 tie-breaking procedure

At least until the OSU v. Texas game starts today, a few people have asked what happens in the Big 12 South if Texas beats OU, OSU beats Texas, and OU beats OSU. The question is resolved by the Big 12 Conference’s tie-breaking rules, available at the link above and repeated here for the 2008 season:

Divisional Champion: The (eligible) team with the best
winning-percentage of all divisional members in its eight conference
games is declared the divisional champion and representative to the Dr Pepper Big 12 Conference Football Championship Game. A team ineligible
under NCAA or Big 12 rules for postseason (bowl) competition shall not
compete in the Championship Game.

Divisional Tiebreakers: The following procedure will determine the representative from each division in the event of a tie:

  1. If two teams are tied, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative

  2. 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 Poll 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.

So, hypothetically, if the above round-robin situation comes to pass and none of the teams involved have any other conference losses, the first tie-breaker would be comparing all three teams’ overall records to each other. If all three teams had only one loss (to each other in the circular fashion described), that kills the first two tiebreakers.

The third tiebreaker compares all three teams’ records to whichever division opponent (in this scenario, that’d be either Texas Tech, Texas A&M, or Baylor) who finished 4th in the division, then 5th, then 6th. In the scenario where all three teams have only one loss, each to a different division opponent among the three, all three of the teams would have identically superior records to the other three: Baylor (for example) would not have a better record against one of the top three than the others since all of the top three would have beaten all of the bottom three.

The fourth tiebreaker compares records against all conference opponents, meaning they now add in the three Big 12 North team each team plays each year. But again, in the hypothetical scenario where OU has only one loss (to Texas), OSU has only one loss (to OU), and Texas has only one loss (to OSU), then by definition, each of the three teams beat all three of their Big 12 North opponents too, so that doesn’t help.

Step five is where it gets resolved: whichever of the three teams is ranked the highest in the next to last BCS results of the year (presuming the bad wording does not limit it to just the Harris Poll, one component of the BCS results) gets the division championship. That would be the release just before the final one, the week before the Big 12 championship. In this season, under this hypothetical, that would depend on how the voters and computers rank the three teams. It would be either OU or Texas, though, because OU v. OSU is the last regular season game, and the late loss would certainly move the Cowboys behind the Sooners (and perhaps the Longhorns) in the final BCS rankings.

In the incredibly unlikely event that all three teams have the exact same BCS score (to three decimal places), they drop “exempt” games and compare percentages again. Although this is some weird rules voodoo, some preseason games played before a certain NCAA-specified window are considered exempt games, and wins in them didn’t originally count towards BCS at-large eligibility. No Big 12 South teams plays an “exempt” game in 2008, as far as I can tell, so this is irrelevant.

If they meant to exclude games against FCS (“Division I-AA”) schools in that step, then Texas wins: both OU and OSU played FCS teams in the first month of the season (Chattanooga and Missouri State, respectively), but Texas did not.

At that point, they’d hold a random draw for the division title. But even in this unlikely hypothetical, it would get resolved at the BCS rankings stage: the possibility of three teams having exactly the same BCS ranking is infinitesimally small. Even if two of them did have the same ranking, the third team would fall out and the division championship then goes to whichever of those two teams won their head-to-head matchup.

So, yeah, it’s incredibly unlikely it gets this far in the first place, but if it does reach the above scenario, the likely division champion is the team with the highest BCS ranking the week before the Big 12 Championship game. Fun with math!

Berry Tramel watched The Pride

Oklahoman sports columnist Berry Tramel watched the OU Homecoming Parade last week, like many of you did, except this was the first one he’s ever seen:

With that said, the floats were fun and the band was totally cool. Watching the Pride of Oklahoma walk by literally 15 feet from you is like watching a football game from the sidelines. Totally new perspective.

For one thing, the marching of a band is totally underrated. The musicians have to take these tiny little steps, sort of like moving furniture, carrying a sofa or something that blocks your knees and you have to baby-step it. Same with the trombonists. Definitely not easy to do.

Also, I never noticed, but the tuba players don’t wear hats. I wonder if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

But the band is totally cool. I love marching bands and OU has a good one.

I’m not saying anything about the hats. I know better.

Nebraska Kick-off Time: 7:00 PM

The networks of Disney have picked up the OU vs. Nebraska game on November 1 for nationwide television coverage at 7:00 PM CDT. I phrase it that way because they will not decide until next weekend whether they show it on ABC or ESPN, but either way, the kickoff time is the same and the game will be televised to the entire country—no regional coverage maps, no members who don’t get it in their area! Hooray!

We’ve posted The Pride‘s full schedule for the day on the Events calendar, and you can see the online Web version for gameday on this page.

The following week, on November 8, the full band travels to College Station when the Aggies of Texas A&M host our Sooners. I heard at least one alumnus on Saturday wondering about how to see the band in Texas during the year, and outside of a Texas-based bowl invitation, the A&M game will be the 2008 Pride’s last performances in the Lone Star State. When we have that kickoff time and schedule of performances, we’ll be sure to post it as well so anyone who wants to support both The Pride and the Sooners can show up in crimson and cream (as opposed to maroon and white)!

Homecoming 2008 Successful!

Of course, it was fantastic to see our Sooners beat the #11-ranked Jayhawks 45-31 for 2008 Homecoming, as that puts OU at 6-1 and gives the Sooners the #4 spot in today’s first-of-the-season BCS rankings! We’re ahead of #5 USC, and also ahead of #6 (eek!) Oklahoma State.

But our part was a great day too! Seven former drum majors and 130 alumni returning to Owen Field in a true homecoming. May I say, having watched from the side, that all the alumni marched really well. If you’d had two rehearsals, you might have been good enough to make SportsCenter!

And so the red box at the top of the home page vanishes until next fall, when it’s time to start planning for Homecoming 2009! Just to be on the safe side, we’ve removed everything but the annual dues from the Pay Online page, but fear not: if you want to pay for something easily, contact Ann Darnold and she can tell you how to use the PayPal account for anything you want. (I believe it was mentioned that because of the way bank accounts work, donations or other fund transfers through PayPal are not tax deductible. Those have to go through the OU Foundation and can’t be for actual goods (like tickets, shirts, lunches, and so on).

It may have been the longest OU football game I’ve ever seen (four hours!), but it was a great day for The Pride and the OU Band Alumni Association. Please feel free to comment here and share your thoughts on the day.

(And if you weren’t there, why not? We had seven former drum majors, and would have had eight if Eric Shannon was not recovering from illness [hi Eric! We missed you!]. You really missed a fun day, so make sure you don’t repeat that in 2009!)

Up next for the Sooners: playing Kansas State in Manhattan at 11:30 AM on Saturday. The Pride will send a pep band, and will next perform in full on the field in two weeks when the Nebraska Cornhuskers return to Owen Field. Kickoff time should be set within the next 24 hours, so watch our Events calendar for details on the game and all Pride performances!

2008 Homecoming Schedule posted!

With kickoff time only being set on Sunday, it took effort from your officers to get everything worked out, but we believe we have the schedule, and here it is!

9:00 AM Marching Rehearsal—Meet at the Everest indoor practice facility southeast of the stadium for Rehearsal with the Pride and Pre-game
10:45 AM Registration—for those who didn’t attend Friday’s Rehearsal (Beaird Lounge in Student Union). Refreshments served
11:00 AM Business Meeting—Beaird Lounge – Second Floor Oklahoma Memorial Union
11:30 AM Parade Begins—for those wanting to watch
12:15 PM Lunch—served on the South Oval for those who purchased lunch tickets. Serving will stop at 1:15 PM.
Pride members should be served before Alumni Band members.
1:30 PM North End Zone—Meet in North End Zone for Pre-game (be sure to give yourself enough time to get through security!)
2:00 PM Step-off—Pre-game Begins
2:30 PM Kick-off—Jayhawk Cookout Begins

Click on the link above for a computer-generated version that you can get in printer-friendly form (and that’s combined with The Pride‘s schedule), or click on the image to download your own version in PDF format.

There remains a slight possibility of changes, but it’s slight. If there are any changes to this schedule, we will alert you through the mailing list so everyone gets it in their inbox, as well as posting it here. So if you haven’t signed up for our mailing list yet, this would be a really good time to click this link and do that.

We hope to see everyone tonight (for the concert), Friday (for rehearsal), and Saturday (to beat those Jayhawks!). Boomer Sooner!

Symphonic bands in Homecoming Concert Thursday!

The University Bands kick off Homecoming 2008 festivities with the opening concert of the Fall 2008 semester for the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band, performing at 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 16, in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett Music Center on the OU campus.

The Symphony Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian Britt, will perform Blue Lake Overture, composed in 1971 by John Barnes Chance for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp of Twin Lake, MN. Other selections include Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band, Frank Ticheli’s Joy Revisted, and John Philip Sousa’s Pathfinder of Panama.

The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. William K. Wakefield, presents the wind premiere of Kevin Walcyzyk’s Celebration Fanfare (2003); as well as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; Percy Grainger’s Children’s March; Alberto Ginastera’s Danza Final (Malambo), the fourth and final movement from his ballet Estancia, Op. 8 (1941); and also Don Grantham’s Don’t You See?

Tickets for this Sutton Series concert are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors, faculty, or staff. Tickets are available at the Catlett box office; call the Fine Arts Tickets Service at (405) 325-4101 for more information. The concert is also slated to be streamed live over the Internet via QuickTime—visit the OU School of Music home page at 8:00 PM on Thursday and click the “Live-Stream” link to listen on your computer.

Streaming is great, but nothing beats showing up in person to hear OU’s current student musicians performing classic and brand new works for the wind repertoire, and during homecoming week, too! We hope to see you all there to support the band programs!

Click on the poster image above to get your own PDF version of the poster, suitable for framing and posting everywhere you go where people might see it.

Gameday Schedule coming together (Updated!)

We learned on Sunday that kickoff time for OU vs. Kansas is 2:30 PM, and today we got The Pride‘s schedule for the day, so we’ev updated our Events calendar accordingly. It still does not have the times or specifics for the OUBAA Business Meeting or the OUBAA Lunch, but I expect those within 24 hours.

We do know, however, that morning rehearsal with The Pride is at 9:15 AM in the Everest Training Center. the same indoor practice facility we used last year just east of the Collums Building, which itself is just east of the stadium across Jenkins. Even easier: Everest is #89 on OU’s Campus Map. The Alumni Band will rehearse halftime (Fight for O.K.U.) with The Pride at 9:15, so be there ready to get on the field! The Pride dismisses at 9:50 AM, but we’ll stay for a few minutes to get the pregame drill worked out. Everyone should be out by 10:15 AM.

For a quick, online, Saturday-only schedule you can view or even get in printer-friendly format, click here.

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Just to throw something extra in for our Web readers: Jerry Palm’s wonderful site dissects the BCS ratings every way possible, including projecting them before the first official release next week. As of now, five of the six BCS computers are providing ratings, as are both of the polls. Last week, the computers were not very convinced about Oklahoma even though the polls were. This week, the computers love the Longhorns: they’re #1 in four of the five rankings, and #2 in the other one.

If these BCS rankings were published today? OU would be #5, behind Texas, Alabama, Penn State, and USC. #6? Oklahoma State—followed by Texas Tech, Utah, Florida, Georgia, BYU, Ohio State, Missouri, and Boise State. Only conference champions or BCS Top 14 teams are eligible for BCS bowls.

OSU is number six! There’s clearly much to be done, friends!


That didn’t go as we would have hoped, but we knew two top-five teams meeting in a heated rivalry would be an intense game. Despite injuries, our Sooners hung in through the very last play, and so did The Pride of Oklahoma.

Update: Here’s news coverage of The Pride’s stop in Duncan on Friday from KSWO-7 (no video) and from the Duncan Banner, and the Norman Transcript’s story about the band’s OU-Texas trip.

But there’s no time for any of that now. It’s Homecoming 2008! Two quick points:

  1. The last time Texas won the Red River Rivalry, OU went on to win both the Big 12 South and the Big 12 conference championship.

  2. #16 Kansas, our opponent next week, today defeated Colorado 30-14. KU is also 5-1, and comes to Norman next week with a lot to prove against our Sooners.

We have much to do. There’s a Wind Symphony and Symphony Band concert on Thursday that we’ll post more about on Monday, and then we have our own work to do: the 2008 University of Oklahoma Alumni Band!

We’ve already posted a list of over 120 marchers for next Saturday, including eight drum majors! We have rehearsal Friday night, and we’ll have a schedule within 48 hours as soon as ABC decides if they’ll cover the game at 2:30 PM or 7:00 PM. (My gut feeling remains that if Missouri beats OSU tonight, then Missouri-Texas will be in prime time.)

So there’s no time for looking back! The Big 12 and Big 12 South are still wide open, and this game is going to be big! Are you current on your music? Click here to get parts. Have you paid all of your fees or for your lunches or shirts or tickets? Click here to pay it all instantly and securely (you can even pay your annual dues if you can’t make it to Homecoming this week).

Should your name be on the list of marchers but isn’t, or you want it to be? Contact Rita Heath immediately!

5-1 makes OU a top-ten team and the season is only half over, so it’s time to step it up in support of our Sooners and “The Pride of Oklahoma!” Let’s get fired up for Homecoming!

They’re on their way to sɐxǝʇ

There’s even coverage today in The Oklahoman’s online blogs:

The University of Oklahoma’s Pride of Oklahoma marching band has a big weekend planned in honor of this weekend’s OU-Texas game.

My friend, OU freshman trumpet player Stephanie Gonzales, says the band is playing and rehearsing at 9:30 this morning at Duncan High School and then continuing the long bus ride deep into the heart of Texas.

The band will be in Grapevine’s Colleyville Stadium at 7:30 tonight and will make an appearance afterward for OU alumni.

On Saturday, the band will play a pregame concert at 9:15 a.m. at the Dallas Fair Park Coliseum near the Cotton Bowl. The band then will march into the stadium before the 11 a.m. kickoff.

After the game, the band’s reward for its hard work will be a jaunt through the Texas State Fair before heading back to Norman.

Good luck to Steph and the rest of the band. And good luck to all Oklahomans who will be in Texas this weekend.

(We should note that the accompanying picture is Steph playing trumpet in the Oklahoma All-Star Centennial Marching BandThe Pride does not wear blue uniforms!) We’ve added the pre-game concert to this weekend’s Events calendar. BOOMER SOONER!