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.