Sunday, October 27, 2013
BCS: Sooners surge into top 10
By Brandon Chatmon
Well, it’s on.
Oklahoma’s trip to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor on Nov. 7 will be a matchup of two BCS top-10 teams after the Sooners’ 38-30 win over then-No. 10 Texas Tech on Saturday. OU leapfrogged SEC squads Auburn and LSU, which cruised in easy nonconference games, along with UCLA and Virginia Tech, which lost on Saturday, to jump from No. 15 to No. 10.
The Sooners' win could be considered good news by the Bears, as the computers like OU more than Texas Tech thanks in part to their win over No. 25 Notre Dame. Now, if Baylor can win impressively over the Sooners, it could help the Bears make up a sizable deficit to No. 4 Ohio State in the race to rise up the list of unbeatens as the end of the season approaches.
Nonetheless, it’s highly unlikely all of the remaining unbeatens will stay that way, so the Bears will have to focus on remaining undefeated and hope the rest of the BCS shakes out in their favor.
OU, meanwhile, made its jump in the BCS standings thanks to its win over the Red Raiders and still holds the signature win of the Big 12’s nonconference slate, over Notre Dame. The Sooners' No. 9 ranking from the computers means the Sooners could insert themselves firmly into the BCS conversation with an impressive win over Baylor. As the top-ranked Big 12 team by the computers -- Baylor is No. 10 -- OU’s hope to rise even higher in the BCS standings is very real with the Bears and No. 19 Oklahoma State still remaining on its schedule. If the Sooners win the rest of their games, OU would have beaten four teams that are in the current BCS top 25.
Texas Tech essentially swapped spots with OU, dropping to No. 15 after the loss to the Sooners. But there is a significant deficit for the Red Raiders to make up to even threaten two-loss South Carolina at No. 14. Fortunately for the Red Raiders, Oklahoma State comes to Lubbock on Saturday, providing both teams the chance to rise up the BCS standings with a win over another top 25 team.
Oklahoma State moved up one spot from No. 19 to No. 18 with its 58-27 win over Iowa State and would undoubtedly rise if it's able to pull off the upset in Lubbock. Virginia Tech dropped from No. 14 to unranked thanks to its loss to Duke.