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October 16, 2011

Was KU-Oklahoma game the biggest point spread in Big 12 history?

Was Saturday's Oklahoma-Kansas game the biggest point spread in Big 12 history?

Oklahoma entered Saturday's game with the Jayhawks as a 35 1/2-point favorite. Given the Sooners' dominance this season, and the Jayhawks' woeful defense against Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech, that line probably wasn't surprising.

While that was a huge margin for a conference game between Bowl Championship Series opponents, it wasn't even the biggest one on Saturday's slate.

Unbeaten Wisconsin faced Indiana as a 40-point favorite in Madison, Wis. The Badgers didn't have any trouble covering that.

As for Big 12 records, Oklahoma owns it, but it didn't come against KU.

Coming off a 77-0 thrashing of Texas A&M the week before, top-ranked OU was a 52 1/2-point favorite against then-doormat Baylor on Nov. 15, 2003.

The Sooners were on their way to covering after outscoring the Bears 24-0 in the first quarter, but somewhat sloppy second half kept the score to a reasonable 41-3 OU victory.

Three weeks later, the Sooners were two-touchdown favorites against Kansas State before the Wildcats upset them.

KU isn't likely to be this big of an underdog again this season. In the Big Ten, however, Wisconsin might challenge that OU-Baylor line next month against the defensively-challenged Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Other than the Yankees, do the Cardinals have the most World Series titles?

Yes, after winning the World Series in 2006, St. Louis has 10 titles, which is the best in the National League and one better than the Athletics' nine championships — five of which were won as the Philadelphia A's.

The Cardinals are three clear of the seven won by the Red Sox, and four better than NL rivals Dodgers and Giants.

If the Cardinals defeat the Brewers in the NL championship series, they'll win their 18th pennant, which ties the Giants and Dodgers for the most in the league in the World Series era (1903-).

That counts pennants the Giants and Dodgers won before moving to California. So St. Louis holds the record for most NL pennants by a team in one city.

In all of team sports, the Cardinals trail only the Yankees (27 World Series titles), Montreal Canadiens (24 Stanley Cups), Boston Celtics (17 NBA titles), Los Angeles Lakers (16 NBA titles), Toronto Maple Leafs (13 Cups), Green Bay Packers (13 total NFL titles) and Detroit Red Wings (11 Cups) for championships.

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