Sunday, November 20, 2011
Don't count Oklahoma State out just yet
By David Ubben
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Oklahoma State's spirits were at an all-time low Friday night while the Cowboys watched Iowa State storm the field after ruining their perfect season and — or so we thought — ending all hopes at a national title.
Additionally, the Cowboys fell to sixth in the coaches poll, which makes up one-third of the BCS standings; the Harris poll and the computer rankings each make up another third.
But don't turn the lights out just yet. Oklahoma State — by way of upset losses suffered by Oregon, Clemson and Oklahoma — fell just two spots to No. 4 in the latest BCS, released Sunday night, behind three teams from the SEC West. LSU, Alabama and Arkansas occupied the top three spots.
Computers love the Big 12. As I've referenced several times, its 27-3 record in nonconference play is paying off. Oklahoma State is still No. 2 in the computers and has a matchup in two weeks with No. 9 Oklahoma, which might also get a bump if teams lose next weekend. OSU ranks No. 2 in four of the computer polls and third in the other two.
For now, Oklahoma State must hope for SEC shenanigans or voter sentiment against an SEC rematch in the national title game. The top three teams in the SEC West have lost only to each other, and LSU hosts Arkansas on Friday. Alabama must also beat Auburn on Saturday.
The Cowboys' best chance would play out like this: Arkansas beats LSU and Alabama loses to Auburn. Then Georgia beats Arkansas in the SEC championship game on Dec. 3.
Not impossible, and you'd see LSU and Oklahoma State in the national title game after all.
Oklahoma State will sit and wait this weekend and hope for chaos that would buoy it back into the BCS driver's seat, but 48 hours after the most crushing loss in school history, there's reason to believe The Big Game is still within reach.
Other notes on the latest BCS standings:
- Oklahoma is No. 9 and No. 6 in the computers.
- Kansas State hopped to No. 11.
- Baylor is No. 18.
- Texas is still hanging on at No. 25.