Oklahoma State has only tasted victory in the Bedlam Series 17 times, but after a 44-10 blowout win over rival Oklahoma, the Cowboys are thinking about getting a taste of it's first national championship.
The SEC bias of the pollsters may keep that from happening, but after watching Mike Gundy's Cowboys hold one of the country's best offenses to 10 points, it's pretty clear that Oklahoma State is a better all-around team than Alabama.
Sure the Sooners were ravaged by injuries on both sides of the ball, but the last time an Oklahoma offense looked that inept was in a 10-3 win over Arkansas in the 2002 Cotton Bowl.
Defense was supposed to be the weak spot for the Cowboys. But Bill Young's defense looked like a championship-caliber unit on Saturday night, holding the Sooners to just 250 yards passing and making Landry Jones look like a joke.
The Cowboys already had a championship-caliber offense, but according to the pollsters, defense is what matters most. That is the only reason for voting Alabama ahead of Oklahoma State.
Last night the Cowboys showed that they can stop any offense they face. So, if it is defense that matters most, Gundy's Cowboys should be in. Right?
Probably not. The national media, which is where the Harris Poll gets its voters, still thinks that Alabama has proved more.
The early talk on Sunday morning was that the Tide has had to survive the SEC gauntlet and came out with only one loss.
Are you kidding me?
Oklahoma State has actually had the tougher schedule. The Cowboys' resume includes wins over Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas State and Missouri.
Alabama can only brag about two wins: Penn State and Arkansas.
Alabama fans will remind us that their loss to LSU is better than the loss that Oklahoma State had to Iowa State. But, if the BCS is going to be just about who has the best loss, then Houston should have been ranked No. 2 before this week since they didn't have a loss at all.
At this point, Alabama is benefiting from the media's love for the SEC and the fact that the SEC has won the last five titles.
So, are we rewarding teams for what they have done this season? Or, are we going to reward an SEC team for what their conference has done in the past? If that's the case, then teams like Oklahoma, Oregon and Michigan should go into next season knowing they are just playing for third place.
As an Oklahoma fan, there is nothing I would hate more than to see Oklahoma State win a national championship. But, the reality of the situation is that Gundy was right last night when he said, "There's no doubt Oklahoma State should be No. 2 in the country right now."