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BCS Rankings 2011: Oklahoma State Loss Raises Need for Playoff System

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 18:  Aaron Horne #3 of the Iowa State Cyclones is tackled by Daytawion Lowe #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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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 20, 2011

Last night, Iowa State shook up the college football foundation when they upset No. 2 Oklahoma State in overtime by a final score of 37-31.

The loss really makes things complicated in the BCS rankings.

LSU is clearly the top dog now as the only remaining team with an undefeated record other than Houston.

Now we all have to sit back and wonder who will be ranked No. 2 next week. Who is the BCS going to choose to get the shot at the Championship.

Alabama, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Arkansas, Boise State and Virginia Tech are all one-loss teams sitting in the Top 10 of the rankings.

How do you decide which one of these teams is better than the other?

Alabama already lost to LSU this season. Do they deserve the rematch?

Stanford lost to Oregon, so they surely shouldn't get the spot. Arkansas lost to Alabama, so the same goes for them.

Oklahoma State just got upset by a no-name.

Boise State has a joke of a schedule.

Virginia Tech lost to the only good opponent they played this season.

So you tell me who deserves the spot?

How about we further complicate things. What if LSU loses to Arkansas next week?

How in the world do you determine who deserves No. 1 and No. 2 if something like that happens?

Every year we see nonsense like this happen, and every year we settle for the same flawed system to decide a champion.

The 2011 season will just be another season that will go in the books as one that shows further proof that a college football playoff system is needed.

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