November 27, 2006

Sooners now control their own destiny

Two weeks ago the only talk surrounding Oklahoma's chances to play in a BCS bowl game had to do with everyone else. Boise State, California, Rutgers, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest were getting more attention than Texas and Texas A&M.

Each week Sooner fans knew what teams to root for and root against in OU's quest for BCS worthiness. But all that talk ended when Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State 27-21 Saturday in Stillwater.

The team no one expected to compete for a Big 12 Championship in Kansas City three weeks ago finally controls their own destiny. They play in one game to decide if a BCS berth is reality.

"You don't like having to watch games like we did (Friday) to determine where we're going to be," said Paul Thompson. "Right now we're in the driver's seat and that's how we like it."

To fully appreciate the Sooners' road to Saturday's BCS playoff game, one must look back at the struggles of the 2006 season. Rhett Bomar's dismissal was only a speed bump compared to the debacle in Oregon.

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