Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Does Oklahoma deserve to share a title?
By David Ubben
The Oklahoma Sooners celebrated like champions on Saturday, posing for photos on the field and in the locker room and not showing any shame in their status as Big 12 co-champions, despite losing the head-to-head matchup at home with Kansas State back on Sept. 22.
"Big 12 champs or co-champs, either way, they're recognized as champions," coach Bob Stoops said after the win. "There seemed to be a little confusion about it, but there isn't. ... Nobody here made those rules. At the present time, that's where we're at."
Stoops is right about the Big 12 standings. The Sooners went 8-1 in Big 12 play. So did Kansas State, though the 11-1, Fiesta Bowl-bound Wildcats had a better overall record than Oklahoma.
This is brand-new territory for the Big 12, which instituted a championship game when the league began play in 1996 and had an outright champion in Oklahoma State last year.
So what do you think? Should the Big 12 have made a trophy and given it to Oklahoma, recognizing the Sooners as Big 12 champs and allowing shirts and hats to be passed out in the locker room?
Or should Kansas State's head-to-head win have reserved the only celebration for Manhattan on Saturday night?
I'm curious to see what the fans think. Vote in our poll.