BCS Rankings 2011: Did Oklahoma State Prove It's a Top 3 Team Against UT?

John BainCorrespondent IIOctober 15, 2011

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 15:  Running back Jeremy Smith #31 of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys runs in a second quarter touchdown against the Texas Longhorns on October 15, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
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Entering their matchup with the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, there were questions around Oklahoma State and how good they really were.

With their big win over the Longhorns, Oklahoma State hopes to have cemented themselves as a top tier team in the rankings.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, their performance is not better than that of the performances of the teams above them this week.

The Cowboys needed a blowout of the Longhorns this weekend to try and keep pace and/or pass the Sooners in the standings, as Oklahoma blew Texas out of the water last week.

Although they beat a struggling, and young University of Texas team, the fact that they didn't dominate on the scoreboard will hurt them.

Ultimately, the Cowboys defeated Texas 38-26, but allowed 231 yards on the ground and still showed holes in their game.

They had three interceptions and five sacks, but their struggles stopping the run could cost them in the long run, as they still have to play Kansas State and their lethal dual running game with quarterback Collin Klein and running back John Hubert picking up huge yards each game.

If the Cowboys allow teams to run over them, they will finally lose a game, something they cannot afford to do if they hope to play in a BCS bowl game and stay undefeated.

One major issue causing the Cowboys to not make a jump in the rankings is the superior play of Oklahoma, the team who currently holds the No. 3 ranking in the nation.

So long as Oklahoma keeps winning, and winning big, Oklahoma State will remain behind the Sooners in the rankings.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet in the final game of the season in December, and that could be the time where Oklahoma State makes the jump if they are able to defeat the Sooners. 

If Oklahoma hadn't defeated Texas in the way they did last week, this victory would have been much more impressive, but because they dominated, the Cowboys victory doesn't really jump out as all that impressive.

They may have put up five sacks, but other than that, there aren't many things about this win that make the Cowboys deserving of a top three ranking in the nation.

If anything, it was a disappointing victory.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for half of what he averages, and just one touchdown for the highest scoring offense in the nation, who were well below their season average of 51 points a game. 

So, did the Cowboys prove they deserve a top three spot?

No they didn't, if anything they disproved the notion that they deserve to be in the top three.

They will remain in the sixth spot in the rankings.