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Going into this game, OSU was a long shot to play LSU in New Orleans.
Their performance tonight, though, proved beyond any doubt that the Cowboys, and not the Crimson Tide, should be LSU's challenger on January 9.
The Cowboys have now defeated five Top 25 teams; Alabama has only beaten two. OSU has beaten seven winning teams; Alabama has only beaten three. The Cowboys' offense has dazzled the entire season to a much higher degree than the Alabama offense.
While the 'Bama D statistically has been more impressive overall than OSU's, the Cowboys have forced more turnovers than any other team and proved a lot by holding one of the most potent offenses in the nation (Oklahoma) to one touchdown and forcing five turnovers.
OSU delivered when it had to, and in a remarkably impressive way, by pummeling the Sooners. The Cowboys were dominant in all three phases. There is no reason not to believe they would have had a legitimate chance to beat LSU.
And simply saying that 'Bama deserves to play LSU because they lost to LSU while OSU lost to Iowa State is not a good enough argument. OSU has proven more than Alabama over the course of the season, they won their conference and are a well-rounded and explosive team that may indeed be able to beat the Tigers in New Orleans. Alabama already had their chance to beat LSU and failed. Now, it's OSU's turn. They have earned it.
The BCS must avoid a catastrophic failure by pitting two teams from the same conference against each other. If Oklahoma State jumps Alabama, the system will have gotten it right for once, and LSU-OSU should be a great matchup and make for a compelling championship.