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USA Today Coaches Poll: Does Oklahoma State Deserve to Be Higher Than No. 6?

Brandon Weeden led Oklahoma State to a 30-29 victory at previously unbeaten Texas A&M on Saturday.
Brandon Weeden led Oklahoma State to a 30-29 victory at previously unbeaten Texas A&M on Saturday.Bob Levey/Getty Images
John PattonContributor ISeptember 25, 2011

Oklahoma State claimed one of the biggest victories of the fourth week of the college football season with a come-from-behind 30-29 win at Texas A&M.

For their efforts, the Cowboys... remained sixth in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Is that fair? After all, the Aggies were previously unbeaten and ranked eighth last week.

Much to the dismay of Cowboys' fans, it might be.

If you move them up, who do you drop?

Let's immediately eliminate top-ranked Oklahoma, as well as newly minted No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Alabama.

The Sooners may not have played their best in defeating Missouri, 38-28, but they were coming off a 10-point victory the week before at loaded Florida State.

The Tigers went to then-No. 16 West Virginia and walloped the Mountaineers, 47-21.

Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide dropped a spot after crushing previous No. 12 Arkansas, 38-14. Talk about a tough break.

So, that leaves fourth-ranked Stanford (3-0) and No. 5 Boise State (3-0), teams that swapped positions in the new poll. That in itself is kind of odd, considering the Cardinal were off and BSU cruised to a 41-21 victory against Tulsa after opening up a 27-0 halftime lead.

Apparently, even when he doesn't play, Andrew Luck impresses voters.

Breaking down the two teams, Stanford has yet to face a big-time opponent, but no one has finished a game within 27 points of the Cardinal, either.

Boise State opened the season in Atlanta with a blowout of Georgia, a team that could be argued is better than Texas A&M.

So, should OSU have advanced further?

One could argue the Cowboys should have passed Stanford, though probably not Boise.

Fifth? Sixth? Either way, it's still early and Oklahoma State will have plenty more opportunities to move up.

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