We're all over the place tonight as we have Adam Jacobi in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game and Chip Patterson in Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game.
Meanwhile, Jerry Hinnen and I will be here with you for Bedlam in Stillwater. Ironically enough, although it's only an "unofficial" conference championship game, it's also the one game that will likely have an impact on the BCS Championship.
Can Oklahoma State not only overcome their recent woes against Oklahoma, but look impressive enough for voters to move them above Alabama in the polls?
We'll find out in roughly 30 minutes.
@Proudmule It's a good argument, but I wrote a post last month about how over 52% of the points Oklahoma State has allowed on defense this season came AFTER the team had already built a 25 point lead. That number has gone down a bit since, but it's still an important factor to consider.
Oklahoma State Strikes First
The Cowboys used a big pass play to get in scoring position and then Jeremy Smith finished it with a 9-yard touchdown run. The Cowboys are up 7-0 halfway through the first, and thus far the defense has done a good job against Oklahoma's offense.
End of 1st quarter: Oklahoma State 10 Oklahoma 0
Pretty much the start that Oklahoma State was looking for. Through the first 15 minutes the Cowboys have definitely looked to be the better team and are playing a lot sharper than they did in the loss to Iowa State.
Still, the Oklahoma defense came up with a key stop inside the red zone late in the quarter to hold Oklahoma State to a field goal rather than a touchdown. In a game that's likely going to feature a lot more points, that could be a moment that plays a pretty large role in the outcome before this one is over.
@fan1973 -- I think you are looking at Kansas State or maybe Oklahoma/Oklahoma State loser (if its a close game). Alot depends on Clemson/Va. Tech too. If Clemson wins the ACC, Va. Tech with 2 losses and good fan base is out there.
@BU245 -- not true, Boise State can be selected as an at-large, they just are not GUARANTEED one. Problem with Boise State is, Fiesta Bowl is best place for them and they are taking Big 12 champion vs. Stanford.
@apbuckeye15 -- yeah huge domino effect. I've seen Ohio State in Gator, TicketCity, Insight. No idea. All depends on if Michigan gets that No. 2 Big Ten bid.
@Dale -- anything is possible with the BCS, but Jerry Palm our BCS expert says Oklahoma State needs a very impressive win for the human voters to boost them up -- and he doesn't see it happening.
Problem for Boise is that they just don't have a whole lot of cachet this year as an at-large selection. Moore hasn't been able to get any Heisman juice, that Georgia win was a LONG time ago, and losing at home to a TCU team that itself hasn't moved the needle doesn't help. It's not fair, but I think bowl execs may see them as more "last year" than this year.
Oklahoma State is definitely doing its best to impress the voters.
The statement Oklahoma State had to make? It's making it. Still a long way to go, but this is one of the more impressive 17-0 leads I've seen.
Personally I'd like to see an LSU/Oklahoma State game just because Alabama already had its shot at LSU, and lost.