NORMAN, Okla. -- The absurdity of the whole thing is that Texas Tech is still closer to a Big 12 title than Oklahoma.
Still closer despite its second-worst loss of the Mike Leach era. Still closer despite being eviscerated in front of a national audience and record crowd at Owen Field.
Still closer despite clearly being the third-best team in the league it might win.
You want closure to Saturday, the Big 12, the national picture and the season after Oklahoma's mugging of the Dead Raiders? You got nothing.
You got nothing even after Oklahoma won by 44, voters will have to sit down and contemplate the moral and ethical dilemma of the day. Where do you slot Texas and Oklahoma? The former beat the latter but OU just dealt Texas Tech its worst loss in eight years.
Texas sports information weighed in during the second half sending text messages to some national writers reminding them that the Horns had beaten Oklahoma and Big 12 North champ Missouri. because it could all blow up in a week. Florida State could beat Florida, Auburn could beat Alabama and Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma. That leaves the BCS backdoor open for everyone but the family dog -- Penn State, USC and, yes, Saturday's pretenders from West Texas.
So everyone calm down and take the Big 12's latest showdown for what it was worth: Oklahoma might have proven it is the league's best team but what does that have to do with anything right now?
Technically, the loss left the Big 12 South in a three-way tie that would be ultimately broken by the highest-ranked BCS team. Technically, Texas Tech would be part of that tie with Oklahoma and Texas.
If everyone wins out, the BCS most likely would stack the three combatants this way.
That's another way of saying Tech beat Texas which beat Oklahoma which beat Texas.
Told you there was no closure.
All we know for sure after Saturday is that the powerhouse formerly known as Tech should be out of the national championship race but isn't. Normally, you don't play a top-five game on national television in late November and get sympathy votes for being blown out.
But this wacky three-way tiebreaker leaves Texas Tech very much alive to win the Big 12. Sooners of every level of sobriety celebrated late into the night here after Oklahoma played and won its first home game against a top-five team in eight years.
Ya-freakin'-hoo, Sooners. Now go beat Oklahoma State next week in the broiling cauldron that will be Stillwater. Big Game Bob (Stoops) might have earned back his nickname that had been on shaky ground lately, but check back after Okie State.
A Cowboys' win sends Texas Tech to the Big 12 title game against Missouri. Tech would get there by beating Baylor and winning a head-to-head tiebreaker over Texas (if it beats Texas A&M on Thanksgiving). However, that would still leave the Horns in contention for the national championship game.
Remember them? They were off this week, probably laughing at the silliness of it all. Mack Brown can directly influence the outcome of the national championship race because he has a coaches' poll vote. Bob Stoops declined the vote he had in 2007.
Twice before teams from the Big 12 -- Nebraska (2001), Oklahoma (2003) -- have played for a national championship without winning their conference.
The uncertainty extends all the way to the Heisman race which, according to some wags, was supposed to be decided Saturday night. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford clearly outplayed Texas Tech's Graham Harrell but OU just as effectively pummeled Tech with the running game.
Both DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown each surpassed 100 yards and combined for five rushing touchdowns.
Will the voters remember all that on Sunday? Texas is waiting to find out.