STILLWATER — Taylor Fudge couldn't believe the AFCA National Championship Trophy had made its way to Boone Pickens Stadium and Oklahoma State.
“Never in my entire life did I think the BCS trophy would be at OSU,” the 27-year-old OSU graduate said.
But it was, and it could come back for good if the Cowboys continue winning.
Oklahoma State, ranked third in the BCS standings, beat Baylor on Saturday, and the $30,000 crystal football that is awarded to the BCS National Championship Game's winner in January was in the house.
“I think it's pretty awesome,” said 18-year-old D.J. Boles of Tuttle. “It shows that OSU is really good.”
The trophy's visit to Stillwater is another sign of the Cowboys' exalted national status; the trophy visits title contenders throughout the season.
Fans could take pictures with it at the OSU block party along Hall of Fame Ave.
But not all fans were wild about the trophy being in Stillwater on Saturday.
Phil Schneider, a 59-year old OSU alum from Arlington, Texas, thinks it is too early to be talking national championship.
“It's very premature at this point,” Schneider said. “Just because of the way the Big 12 has been going this year.
“I don't believe in superstition, but there is still just so much football to be played.”
Some fans are superstitious, though, especially after last weekend.
The trophy was in Norman on Oct. 22 and on display before Oklahoma's 41-38 upset loss to Texas Tech.
Any fears that the trophy might be a jinx Saturday were nipped in the bud rather quickly, as the Cowboys jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and were never really in danger against the Bears.
But the road to the championship doesn't get any easier; Kansas State visits Stillwater next Saturday, and the Cowboys play at Texas Tech on Nov. 12.
And, of course, Bedlam looms Dec. 3.
“It's really cool,” said 20-year-old Hannah Masnek, an OSU junior from Edmond. “But what if it jinxes us in future games?”
For now, OSU appears to have warded off any bad karma.
And while most Cowboy fans thought it was neat to see their team get national respect, having the trophy temporarily in October isn't what they have in mind.
“I'd like to keep it in Stillwater,” said 29-year-old Jared Slade of Tulsa.