Oklahoma Sooners Football: Why OSU Loss Kills Title Hopes

Tom Guthrie@tguthrie47Contributor IIINovember 19, 2011

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 8:   Head Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners on the sidelines during a game against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  The Sooners defeated the Longhorns 55 to 17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Although Oklahoma, if victorious over Baylor, will move up in the rankings following Oklahoma State's shocking double overtime loss to Iowa State Friday night, the Cowboys loss effectively eliminated OU's chances of getting to the BCS title game. 

After losing to lowly Texas Tech, the Sooners already had put themselves in a very difficult position. To have any chance of reaching New Orleans, they knew they had to win out, no questions asked.

The possibility of OU advancing to the title game, however, was only worth considering if Oklahoma State would be undefeated when they faced the Sooners in Stillwater. 

Now that Oklahoma State has fallen to a mediocre team, they will plummet in the rankings, and the Bedlam Game will have significantly lower stakes. Theoretically, if OU had won out and beaten an undefeated OSU team on the road in the final week of the regular season, they could have convinced voters that they deserved to play for a national championship. The Bedlam Game would truly have been a golden opportunity for OU, a chance of redeeming themselves after the dumbfounding loss to the Red Raiders and an opportunity to earn their ticket to New Orleans. 

OSU's blemished record, however, makes OU's chance of doing that highly unlikely. Even if OU wins its next two games, which may not even happen considering they have to face Iowa State as well, a win over a one-loss Cowboys team will still not give the Sooners enough juice to vault to  No. 2 spot in the BCS.

If Alabama (which has yet to face Georgia Southern and Auburn) and Oregon (which faces USC and Oregon State for its final two contests) both lose, there is a chance OU could make it. But it is doubtful that both teams will lose. 

LSU could lose to Arkansas, but even if OU won out and were part of a slew of one-loss teams, they would seem to be the odd man out because their loss came to Texas Tech, while most of the other highly ranked one-loss teams fell to legitimate opponents. 

So, although there is still a lot the Sooners can accomplish this season (Big Twelve title and BCS berth), Oklahoma State's loss, in all likelihood, means OU will not play for all the marbles in New Orleans this season.

As the unfortunate hockey coach in Happy Gilmore said, "Better luck next year."