BCS Rankings: Will Oklahoma Leapfrog Alabama by Beating Oklahoma State?

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst INovember 8, 2011

Who would be more worthy of a title shot, a one-loss Oklahoma team or a one-loss Alabama team?
Who would be more worthy of a title shot, a one-loss Oklahoma team or a one-loss Alabama team?Brett Deering/Getty Images

What’s more impressive: Losing to the No. 1 team in the country at home by three points, or beating the No. 2 team in the country on the road?

That could be a question that the the BCS computers and poll voters will have to answer if Oklahoma beats No. 2 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam game on Dec. 3.

As it stands, Alabama sits at No. 3 in the current BCS standings after losing to LSU 9-6 in the “Game of the Century” this past Saturday night. Oklahoma is stationed in the No. 6 spot after beating Kansas State and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks after an embarrassing upset loss to Texas Tech in Week 8.

The Tide still have two tricky road tests against Mississippi State and Auburn, but it’s likely that they should be able to survive the rest of the season unscathed.

The Sooners, on the other hand, only have bouts with Baylor and Iowa State to worry about before the big Bedlam game on the last Saturday of the season.

Although a lot can still happen in the final four weeks of the season, this is one of the BCS doomsday scenarios that could turn into a definite reality.

Let’s say LSU rolls through the rest of the season, remains undefeated and claims one of the spots in the BCS championship game. Right now, the favorite to meet the Tigers in New Orleans is No. 2 Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys haven’t beaten their in-state rivals since 2002.

If Oklahoma and Alabama are both standing with just one loss, and Oklahoma has a victory over the No. 2 team in the country on its resume, the Sooners could make the big jump over No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Boise State into the title game.

According to USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin, Oklahoma has the seventh-ranked schedule in the country while Alabama's ranks only twentieth.

Plus, the BCS computers seem to think of the Big 12 as a more powerful conference than the SEC this year.

Then, you also have to take into account that some voters may not be too thrilled about seeing a LSU-Alabama rematch in the national championship game. They could reward Oklahoma with the No. 2 ranking just based on that.

It still remains to be seen how it will all play out. But I have to say, out of all the supposed BCS doomsday scenarios, this one looks to be the most intriguing.