Alabama Football: Why an Oklahoma State Loss Puts 'Bama in the BCS Game

Larry BurtonSenior Writer INovember 13, 2011

Voters and computers won't forget that a five loss Texas Tech team ran Oklahoma out of the stadium.
Voters and computers won't forget that a five loss Texas Tech team ran Oklahoma out of the stadium.Brett Deering/Getty Images

Some people just don't understand how the BCS works.

In many ways the computer rankings can leave people scratching their heads wondering how those tabulations came out, but in the end, common sense usually wins out and the matching is based upon the two best teams.

Should Oklahoma State lose, the Cowboys are out, and no one jumps Alabama if the Tide win out. Period. End of story. Unbeatable point.

Those who think the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners—a team that lost to a five-loss Texas Tech team—would somehow jump Alabama are just showing how little sense they have.

Texas Tech was run out of town by an unranked Iowa State team 41-7, and yet they convincingly and without trickery beat Oklahoma in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the 41-38 score indicated. In truth, Texas Tech led them 41-24 with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and simply saw Oklahoma score some late meaningless scores, making it look close.

To think that a team like Oklahoma that was trounced by a team with the nation's 114th-ranked defense out of 120 teams could jump a team that lost to the No. 1 team in the country, by missing four field goals, is simply lunacy.

Add to the debate that Oklahoma State will have only played three teams in the Top 20 all year long, while Alabama will have played five who were ranked in the Top 20.

There's this little thing called strength of schedule that figures into things that those who propose that Oklahoma could jump Alabama with a win over Oklahoma State just don't seem to realize.

That strength of schedule has Alabama ranked No. 2 right now with LSU No. 1. Oklahoma State is No. 10 and Oklahoma is No. 12.

So all Alabama has to do is simply win and pray that Oklahoma's Texas Tech fiasco was simply an aberration and that they can dispose of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. No style points needed. Just win and the Tide are right back in the hunt, where most feel they belong.