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Current Coaches Poll: NR
Current AP Poll: NR
Current B/R Poll: NR
Overall Record: 0-1
Yep, I'm sticking my neck out for Oklahoma State, despite the fact that the Pokes aren't ranked in either major poll or the B/R Top 25 (though they received votes in all three).
That's flat wrong.
Here's where the selection committee should operate differently from the two major polls. On Saturday, the Cowboys, a 19.5-point underdog according to Odds Shark, gave No. 1 Florida State everything it could handle in a 37-31 loss in Arlington, Texas.
Traditionally when a team loses, no matter to whom or in what fashion, it falls in the rankings. This is a trend that needs be abolished in the playoff era. One team can lose and still prove to be better than a list of other teams that won that week.
Preseason rankings are nothing more than guesses anyway. At this early stage, rankings should look dramatically different in some areas from week to week. It's OK to be wrong. Many people were about South Carolina and Texas A&M.
Oklahoma State did not enter the season ranked because, frankly, it was hard to know what to make of a team that had only nine returning starters. As David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest wrote, it's time to reset the expectations for the Pokes at a higher bar:
There was no reason to believe Oklahoma State could stay on the same field with Florida State, and yet, moments before quarterback J.W. Walsh got flipped head over heels and dropped the ball on the way down, OSU was 56 yards from taking their first lead of the night in the game's final minutes.
Florida State didn't play its best game—that's for sure. But the defending national champs are still one of the most, if not the most, talented teams on paper in the country. Yet Oklahoma State hung right with the Seminoles and oftentimes made them look bad.
Mike Gundy's team is off to a 0-1 start, but this is a talented group that, for right now, actually deserves to be in the conversation as one of the 25 best teams in the country.