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Sunday, October 30, 2011
OU suddenly creeping back in BCS title race

By David Ubben

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Oh, what a difference a week makes. Just imagine, if a few balls had bounced differently in Los Angeles Coliseum.

Oklahoma State has retained its spot in the driver's seat of the Big 12 and road to the BCS Championship Game, but don't sleep on Oklahoma.

The No. 6 Sooners are the highest-ranked one-loss team, and blew out an undefeated, top-10 team on the road on Saturday while Clemson fell. Stanford looked very beatable, but escaped in triple overtime.

There's a big gap between the Sooners and the two undefeated teams ahead of them, but all of a sudden, the road is clear.

Oklahoma still needs Stanford and Boise to lose. Put on your TCU hats with some Oregon and Notre Dame shirts, Sooners fans.

Oklahoma's biggest minus is who beat it. Texas Tech's loss on Saturday may kill the Sooners' chances at season's end.

Possible scenario: Oklahoma stands alone in December after beating Oklahoma State in Stillwater, and only the winner from the Alabama-LSU game is left undefeated.

Two SEC teams in the title game, or the Big 12 champion Sooners? Let the debate rage on.

Oklahoma hopped over Oregon, in part thanks to the Big 12's strength in computer rankings, and that won't change for the rest of the season. Oklahoma faces Texas A&M this week for a shot at another quality win, but with Clemson's loss and Stanford's air of invincibility thinning, the idea of the Sooners crashing the BCS party is a whole lot less crazy just a week after their title hopes looked dashed.