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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Lunchtime links: Brown's claims about No. 1 scrutinized

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Mack Brown has been repeating the same mantra to his team and the media ever since his team was installed as No. 1 after Saturday's victory over Oklahoma.

"The fact that we're sitting around here as No. 1 means absolutely nothing except we've played well enough in the first six weeks of the season that people have acknowledged us by letting us be in that top group," Brown said." I'm not even sure there is a No. 1 team. Nobody this time last year remembers who No. 1 was. Nobody remembers and nobody really cares."

That might be the case, but it still doesn't stop an enterprising reporter from analyzing that trend.

Gaylon Krizak of the San Antonio Express-News got out the record book and worked the Internet to develop a comprehensive list of the previous 72 seasons of the Associated Press poll to find out who was No. 1 the week immediately after the Texas-Oklahoma game. He also plotted where the eventual champion was at this point of the season.

Interestingly, the leader at this point of the season has claimed the national title 18 times in 70 possible seasons. In the 1936 and 1937 seasons, the first poll didn't come out until nine days after the Texas-Oklahoma game.

Take a long look. It might make things easier to swallow when the Big 12 has an abundance  of 10-2 and 9-3 teams in late November after the regular season finishes.

Here are some other links from around the league.