Going into the matchup our Conference Prestige Ranking is 13.7, 2nd only to the surprising ACC at 10.5. Our Combined Opponent Record is 35-28. Texas's Combined Opponent Record is 36-23. Although their theoretical ranking as an Independent probably isn't as bad as you may think with a bye then @ #6 TCU, and @ #4 West Virginia their next 3 weeks. Aside from us though that's the only current rankings in their schedule, but we are hoping Kansas State gets ranked for both of us at some point if not in time for our Week 8 matchup. I forget if Texas's actual schedule was lost to my Setup Text Loss or not, so we'll just revisit it here real quick.
Normally OU-Tulsa is on at least regional TV, but based on the schedule we were given by the SEC, and my picking Texas, Kansas State, and Tulsa as our non-conference schedule, this is by default our lowest profile game and by default the pay-per-view game. Mind you I'm calling it that for our purposes and the logic of knowing our real world, but as far as NCAA Football 14 is concerned it's got a National TV Slot, so yeah us on our Recruiting Grade for Television Exposure. It's always bugged me when SEC teams have cupcake games really late in the season, it never seems to make sense. Early October isn't very egregious though compared to others having it really, really late. The usual excuse is the workload of the difficult schedules, and in some ways I guess we're somewhat embracing this as this is the week before Texas. Tulsa is at least a competent FBS Program. As we go to the week's results oddly the first three games on the docket are games that were played in real life this past week: Utah/UCLA, Texas/Iowa State, and Indiana/Penn State.
Now I don't claim to know where the NFL's coming from on imagining how this could work, but here's how I'd do it. And granted the ever-increasing appetite for International Games as well as the odd-number of games I'd imagine this is what they'd have to go with:
Yes as hard as it is to believe, in our created world within NCAA Football 14 this is Unranked LSU @ #4 Oklahoma. A lot of this seems to be down to just how College Football Polls are popularity contests and arbitrary and quirky at times. Losing in Week 1 to TCU, albeit at a neutral site, and also only having played three games in the first four weeks are likely culprits. Still very similarly to the Oklahoma @ Kansas State game in real life this year, we pretty much know that this unranked state is a mere technicality and this is one of the better if not best teams in the country.
My first article for this was a smashed together mess when it was archived, and I lost a bunch of the text. I bogged it down with links which probably was the culprit. The majority of which where for winsipedia.com, the best source for college football series history and overall stats on FBS College Football Programs. So here we go again as I reintroduce our series here.