BCS Rankings: Does Oklahoma Deserve Its Ranking in USA Today Top 10?

Colby LanhamCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 22:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners takes a snap in the second half against theTexas Tech Red Raiders on at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma was upset by Texas Tech 41-38.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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The first shakeups of the BCS Rankings occurred just last night, when Wisconsin fell against Michigan State and Oklahoma lost to Texas Tech 41-38, despite a second-half rally that almost saw a 21-point Oklahoma Sooner comeback.

But, even with the loss against Texas Tech, Oklahoma remains in the Top 10 in the USA Today poll despite a loss to an unranked team that it should have been able to beat.

Should Oklahoma deserve to remain in the top 10 after its performance against Texas Tech?

Well, for starters, Oklahoma is still one of the top teams in the nation. The Sooners possess talent on both offense and defense, and with players like Ryan Broyles and Landry Jones on your side, it's a difficult matchup for any team to face.

The Sooners' defense is an underrated, aggressive threat that is always looking to create pressure. Up until this point, they have proven to be one of the best teams in the Big 12.

But, from a ranking standpoint, the Sooners should be treated like other teams would. If a team like Boise State lost a game like it did, it would not be in the top 10 or even the top 15. Perhaps the Sooners got the benefit of the doubt simply because of who they are, and their loss will simply be written off like it was nothing. They'll give Texas Tech the credit they never got going into the game.

With the ability that Oklahoma has, and as good as it has been, it should have to handle earning a spot back into the Top 10, rather than staying there after losing to an unranked team. Not to mention, a team that had made no kind of noise up until this point in the season.

What do you think? Does Oklahoma deserve to stay in the top 10?