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This myth is probably the most overused. Oklahoma State has beaten seven teams with winning records while Alabama has only beaten three.
However, this doesn't tell the whole story. Alabama has wins over three 6-6 teams, something conveniently left out by anyone spouting this statistic.
They also don't point out that every team in the Big 12 got a free win over the 2-10 (0-9 in the Big 12) Kansas Jayhawks, something that raises their already-inflated win total.
Two of Alabama's 6-6 wins (Florida and Vanderbilt) didn't play Ole Miss, the SEC equivalent of the Jayhawks.
Once you compare teams that are .500 or better, the gap between wins closes significantly. Note, I'm also leaving out the 10-2 Georgia Southern squad that Alabama also had to face.
Alabama has beaten these teams that are going to bowls:
Vandy—6-6 in SEC
At Florida—6-6 in SEC
At Penn St.—9-3 in BIG10
At Miss. St.—6-6 in SEC
Arkansas—10-2 in SEC
At Auburn—7-5 in SEC
Six teams, four on the road, all in Automatic Qualifying conferences compose the Alabama wins.
Oklahoma State has beaten these teams that are going to bowls:
La. Tech—8-4 in Sun Belt conference
At Tulsa—8-4 in C-USA
At Texas A&M—6-6 in Big 12
At Texas—7-5 in Big 12
At Mizzou—7-5 in Big 12
Baylor—9-3 in Big 12
Kansas State—10-2 in Big 12
Oklahoma—9-3 in Big 12
Eight teams, four on the road, with two that aren't in Automatic Qualifying conferences compose the Oklahoma State wins.
Oklahoma State was able to play currently ranked No. 8 Kansas State, No. 12 Baylor and No. 14 Oklahoma at home. Oklahoma was also played after a bye week, a commonly forgotten statistic. Only No. 24 Texas was played on the road.
Alabama on the other hand played both No. 25 Auburn and No. 22 Penn State on the road and only No. 6 Arkansas at home.