COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Call it a small victory for the Big 12. Oklahoma State's incredible 30-29 win over Texas A&M was somewhat bigger.
The decision makes it more likely that the conference title would stay with it into to next season. Had A&M won, the Aggies could have taken their last Big 12 title into perpetuity to the SEC.
A&M president R. Bowen Loftin told CBSSports.com Saturday that the school's move to the SEC will be done "shortly."
That wasn't the issue when the Aggies blew a 17-point halftime lead, losing its fourth straight to the Cowboys. Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon blew a certain third-quarter touchdown when he fumbled into the end zone from A&M's 2.
That only affected the point spread. Oklahoma State ran 37 plays to A&M's 11 in the third quarter in overcoming a 20-3 halftime deficit. Call it the biggest backtrack by the Aggies since "committing" to the Big 12 after the upheaval of June 2010.
It would be nice to keep the Big 12 title in the Big 12 going into next season. For now, Oklahoma State becomes the chief contender to No. 1 Oklahoma in the Big 12. Their game is still more than two months away but it was impressive that the Cowboys won the first game between two top-10 teams in the Big 12 in two years.