- David Ubben, College Football
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You'll have to excuse Oklahoma State if it's not heartbroken about an epic, season-ending Bedlam being ruined.
Oklahoma didn't take care of business as four-touchdown favorites. The Cowboys, tagged with upset alerts all week, did against Missouri.
It's not Oklahoma State's fault. And forget them for lamenting the loss of a respect-earning win, too. OSU couldn't care less.
At No. 3, Oklahoma State has reached its highest point in the BCS standings ever. All it has to do is win. So far, that's exactly what it's done.
Can the Cowboys beat an SEC champion? Guess all you'd like, but Oklahoma State would love to get a chance to find out. Five more wins, and they'll get their shot.
Oklahoma might not lose again, but the Sooners would need all kinds of help to become a factor again in the BCS title race. Eight undefeated teams remain. All but No. 17 Houston would get in above Oklahoma, and a one-loss SEC team would probably do the same, depending on the circumstances of said loss.
For now, they're behind next week's opponent, Kansas State. A win would be a nice boost, but for the Big 12, this week's standings make one thing clear: It's all about Oklahoma State.
A couple notes:
Oklahoma State (No. 3) moved to No. 1 in a fifth computer poll, and the computers have Oklahoma State as the overall No. 1.
Kansas State (No. 8) is fifth in the computer polls, but just No. 12 in the USA Today coaches' poll and No. 10 in the Harris poll. The Wildcats don't do it pretty, but 7-0 is 7-0. K-State would love to make it eight on Saturday, and the human voters would give them a lot of love if they knocked off OU. A team lacking in believers and trailing a one-loss team (Oregon), would have plenty of folks jump on the bandwagon with a win over what most consider the best overall team in the Big 12.
Texas A&M (No. 16) is the next Big 12 team behind No. 9 Oklahoma, and the Sagarin poll has it at No. 7, the highest of the computer marks. Human voters have the Aggies at No. 16 and No. 17, though.
Texas Tech debuted at No. 20 and Texas checked in at No. 24.
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