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I don't need to explain why LSU is here, but apparently I need to talk about Oklahoma State because the BCS disagrees.
Oklahoma State and Alabama both lost one game. They are both 11-1. Alabama lost in overtime to the best team in the country, but the Tide did so at home.
Oklahoma State lost (if you think that field goal actually was no good) a trap game to a decent team in double overtime, on the road, the week of a school tragedy.
If you ask me, there isn't a big difference between those losses.
Then, you have Oklahoma State's wins. Here are its biggest wins: Kansas State (52-45), Oklahoma (44-10), Baylor (59-24), Texas (38-26). It also only played three teams with a losing record.
In total, the opponents that Oklahoma State beat had a combined record of 68-52 (68-41 if you don't count their losses to Oklahoma State). That's a tough schedule.
On the other hand, Alabama's win total from its opponents is 71-61, with 10 of those wins coming from FCS Georgia Southern.
Furthermore, Oklahoma State did something that Alabama did—win its conference.
We've seen Alabama-LSU already, and I am not convinced that Alabama is any better than Oklahoma State, especially after Oklahoma State's thrashing of Oklahoma, where all 10 of Oklahoma's points came at the ends of the half while they were in desperation mode and Oklahoma State was playing prevent.
It should have been Oklahoma State. No one likes reruns.