College Football Rankings: Why USA Today No. 1 Oklahoma Loses at Oklahoma State

Colby LanhamCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 8:  The Oklahoma State team sings to the fans after the game against Kansas University on October 8, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma State defeated Kansas 70-28.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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The Big 12 is among the most competitive of conferences in college football, and Oklahoma continues to sit on top as the main threat of the Big 12. They have a solid offense led by quarterback Landry Jones, a dynamic receiver in Ryan Broyles, and a solid, aggressive defense that managed to score three touchdowns in their blowout win against the Texas Longhorns, one of their first real tests.

Now, their defense will be tested against Mike Gundy and his high powered Oklahoma State offense in a battle of undefeated Big 12 rivals.

While the Sooners have the likes of defensive players like LB/S Corey Nelson and Tony Jefferson to go along with LB/DE Ronnell Lewis, the Cowboys have plenty of threats on offense that could give Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops plenty of headaches, especially with names like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. In fact, this could be the first big upset of the season.

What exactly do the Cowboys have to bring down the Sooners?

To begin, they have the offensive capability to match and overcome a speedy, aggressive Sooner defense. Quarterback Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys offense dropped 70 points against the Kansas Jayhawks, putting up 600 total yards of offense, with 494 of those yards coming through the air. It's unsure of how well the Sooners' secondary will contain the potent passing efficiency of Weeden, who was 24-28 in their victory over Kansas.

Oklahoma State will be sure to turn this meeting into a high scoring affair to knock the Sooners off their pedestal. It will beat in Oklahoma State's favor to turn this into a high scoring game, as their defense is a little suspect at times, and their best bet is to put more pressure on Landry Jones to keep their offense scoring.

And with the home field advantage, the Cowboys will be going all out to knock off the top ranked Sooners.