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No chance of OSU leapfrogging Alabama and LSU

BERRY TRAMEL — The national championship will be decided on the field in the Superdome. Oklahoma State needed help from the pollsters, but back in December, not now.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 7, 2012

A week after the end of the greatest season in OSU football history, some Cowboy fans cling to hope that it will grow even greater.

A piece of the national championship.

An Alabama victory over LSU in the Big Bowl on Monday night certainly would create college football chaos, at least as far as The Associated Press poll is concerned.

The coaches poll is preordained. The Big Bowl winner is the champ. Even if you hate the BCS, give it this much credit. The BCS hands over the trophy right after the game.

Meanwhile, the AP still stages a vote, like it was 1977. The playing field is a campaign. Then we all go home and watch the election results trickle in.

But to save you the angst should Bama prevail in New Orleans, there's no chance of Oklahoma State squeezing into No. 1.

The AP has spoken. Alabama is No. 2, OSU No. 3, 18 poll points behind the Crimson Tide. That means at least nine voters would have to leapfrog OSU over Alabama.

Think it through. At least nine marginally-intelligent voters would watch Alabama beat LSU, a possible team for the ages, in New Orleans, and come away thinking that yep, I had it wrong on Alabama-OSU?

It's not that the Cowboys don't have the resume. OSU won three games this season involving top-10 teams. The Cowboys were seventh-ranked when they won at No. 8 Texas A&M in September and were third when they beat No. 10 OU in December and No. 4 Stanford in January.

That's not as impressive as what LSU has done, but it blows Alabama's portfolio out of the bay.

Any voter who is all fired up about Oklahoma State has missed the boat. OSU needed some consideration at the ballot box, all right, but not now. Back in December when the electorate produced the LSU-Alabama rematch for the national title.

And if Alabama beats LSU, there could be a split national championship, all right. A split between Alabama and LSU.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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