BCS: OSU trails other one-loss squads
November, 24, 2013
By Brandon Chatmon | ESPN.com
Oklahoma State won't forget its loss in Morgantown, W.Va., any time soon.
OSU, the favorite to secure the Big 12’s BCS bowl berth as conference champion, rose from No. 10 to No. 7 in the BCS standings but is behind fellow one-loss teams Auburn, Missouri and Clemson. Clearly, the Cowboys' loss to West Virginia has handcuffed them and is holding them behind their SEC and ACC foes who have better losses but might not have better wins. Thus, even if complete chaos unfolded at the top of the BCS standings, OSU’s hopes to find its way into the BCS title game are very, very slim, even after hammering then-No. 4-ranked Baylor 49-17 in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday.
If the Cowboys' quandary is not enough, a second BCS berth for the Big 12 is going to be tough to earn.
Baylor, the team in the best position to earn a second BCS berth for the conference, dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 in the most recent BCS standings after its disappointing loss to OSU. Sugar Bowl representatives were on hand to watch the top-10 showdown but saw a lackluster showing from the Bears. And, worse yet, only a scattered bit of green-and-gold-clad Baylor fans in the stands. If it comes down to how well a school’s fan base will travel, Baylor could very well be on the outside looking in if other quality options such as Wisconsin remain on the table, even if the Bears win impressively over TCU and Texas to finish 11-1.
Oklahoma is the only other Big 12 squad in the BCS rankings at No. 18. The Sooners travel to Boone Pickens Stadium on Dec. 7 and are the lone obstacle standing between OSU and its second Fiesta Bowl berth in the past three seasons.
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BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State