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Oklahoma State Loss Won't Leave Oklahoma Sooners out of BCS Championship Picture

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 18:  Josh Lenz #19 of the Iowa State Cyclones is tackled by Matthew Thomas #8 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jack Trice Stadium November 18, 2011 in Ames, Iowa.  (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)
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Jacob KeyesCorrespondent IINovember 19, 2011

BCS chaos is fully underway after the Iowa State Cyclones pulled off a giant 37-31 upset of the Oklahoma State Cowboys Friday night. Despite what most of the media would like for you to believe, this upset does not put an end to the championship hopes of the Oklahoma Sooners.

Oklahoma State will still be ranked somewhere around fifth or sixth in the BCS rankings by the time Oklahoma goes into Stillwater for the Bedlam matchup. That's the type of game that neither Alabama or Oregon has left on their schedule.

It's easy to get caught up in what has happened last, but in the end each team's full body of work will be taken into consideration.

With all the hype over the SEC, and the talk about that conference being the best thing since sliced bread, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking Alabama might have proven more than Oklahoma. That's just not true.

Yes, we all know the Texas Tech loss was a really bad one, but Oklahoma has already beaten three top 10 teams, and a win in Stillwater would be a fourth.

Further, let's not forget that the Sooners will be facing another top 25 team on the road when they take on Baylor Saturday night.

It's not just about who you lost to, it's also about who you beat.

Alabama lost their big game; Oregon won one and lost their other one against LSU. Those, however, are their only two quality opponents.

Oklahoma State won't drop too far, and that will mean the Sooners still have the last chance to impress.

If Oklahoma fans want to look for a little more help, they can start cheering for USC—a Ducks loss to the Trojans would simply leave the debate between the Sooners and Crimson Tide.

The computers will love the Sooners and should be enough to give Oklahoma the edge in that debate.

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