With the regular season officially coming to an end, teams now wait for their bowl bids, wondering where they will land and who they will be facing one more time before the offseason officially begins. And for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, there's only one bowl game they want: the BCS National Championship. And because of their big 44-10 win over the Oklahoma Sooners, there is still hope that the Cowboys can get in and avoid an Alabama-LSU rematch.
But, even with this, the Cowboys have begun to state their case why they actually deserve a bid to the National Championship over Alabama.
The Oklahoma State Sports Information is making a strong case for why it deserves to go to New Orleans to face the LSU Tigers. Compared to Alabama, Oklahoma State clearly won its conference title and has had a more brutal schedule than the Crimson Tide. The Cowboys have had twice as many quality wins than the Crimson Tide, beating five ranked teams compared to Alabama's two.
The quality of Oklahoma's wins includes wins over Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri (when they were ranked). Alabama's wins come against Penn State and Arkansas. Oklahoma State possesses more wins over bowl-bound teams with winning records, beating seven teams compared to Alabama's three. And with Oklahoma State's only loss against Iowa State on the day that their top women's basketball coach and assistant died in a plane crash, it's hard for any one to play after that kind of news on the road.
Oklahoma State has unarguably played a much harder schedule than Alabama, and should rightfully get the nod because of it.
A rematch of LSU and Alabama would not prove anything to any college fan after LSU already beat Alabama on the road earlier this season:
"LSU already beat Alabama at Alabama, and a rematch would come across as unfulfilling
no matter how it turned out. If the Tide wins, then the series will be tied at 1-1 with
LSU pulling off its victory on the road. If LSU wins, then nothing is discovered; we already
knew that the Tigers were better." - From Pete Fiutak, CollegeFootballNews.com
Fiutak has a good point here. LSU has already proven themselves against Alabama in the SEC, and emerged as the best out of the SEC because of it. And yet, Alabama could still emerge to play in the National Championship when they didn't even win their own conference, unlike a team like Oklahoma State, who is arguably the better one-loss team than Alabama?
It's definitely a BCS mess that needs to be fixed.
But until it is, the Cowboys are undeniably the better team that should get their chance to face LSU in New Orleans on college football's biggest stage.