Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State: Why OSU Shouldn't Leapfrog 'Bama No Matter What

James BrownSenior Analyst IDecember 3, 2011

AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 18: The Oklahoma State Cowboys band looks on after the Iowa State Cyclones upset the Cowboys at Jack Trice Stadium November 18, 2011 in Ames, Iowa.  (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)
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The No. 3 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday night. If the Cowboys are able to pull off a big win, the fans will be eagerly awaiting the release of the BCS Rankings to see if they could leapfrog idle Alabama.

Let me save you some time. It won’t happen.

The Cowboys can beat the Sooners tonight by 50 and they still would not jump the Crimson Tide.

The Cowboys have the stars that the BCS likes to vote for with Brandon Weeded at quarterback and NFL prospect Justin Blackmon at wide receiver.

The Cowboys have the record that the BCS covets with only one loss on the season, but unfortunately for the Cowboys, they are missing other ingredients that would allow them to jump over Alabama.

They don’t have a signature win that could get them recognized as one of the best two teams in the country. Their most impressive win was over a then No. 8 Texas A&M team that has stumbled down the stretch and has just four conference wins. Even if they defeat Oklahoma tonight, the skeptics will say the Sooners are not as good as they have been in the past.

The most glaring reason they will not leapfrog 'Bama is the loss to Iowa State. That loss is completely unacceptable. There were extenuating circumstances in that game, but to the BCS rankings a loss is still a loss.

Alabama has only one loss on the season as well, and that loss was to the No. 1 team in the country, LSU. The Tide also plays in the SEC and has the edge over the Cowboys in the schedule department.

This should not be a blemish on a brilliant season by the Cowboys. Fans should embrace this team as one of the best to plat at Oklahoma State, but don’t hold out for a change in the BCS Rankings.

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