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by Jenni Carlson Published: November 29, 2011

STILLWATER — Beat Oklahoma, and the spoils are many for Oklahoma State.

Bedlam bragging rights.

Big 12 championship.

A trip to a BCS bowl.

But which one? The...
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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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The Harris Poll comprises a third of the BCS rankings. Here's what some voters had to say about Oklahoma State as they prepare to cast their final ballots after this weekend's games:

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune and Laramie Boomerang

“The loss to Iowa State is why I have them (ranked seventh). A win over Oklahoma would certainly prompt me to move them up. For me, it is both who a team beats and who it loses to. As the season comes to a close, timing of wins and losses — and in my case, losses — has a lot to do with my rankings.”

Tom Luicci, Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger

“After LSU and Alabama, I think there's a significant drop, so it's splitting hairs with Stanford, Boise and Oklahoma State. The one thing Stanford and Boise have that separate them just a bit from OSU are signature wins — Stanford over USC, Boise over Georgia. I suppose OSU's signature win at this point is K-State, and we know that was a back-and-forth game that could have gone either way and was in Stillwater. Stanford and Boise both posted their signature wins on the road, too.”

Denny O'Brien,

“I have Oklahoma State third behind Alabama primarily because of the quality of the two schools' losses. Alabama has the better loss — to No. 1 LSU by a field goal. Iowa State isn't exactly the pushover it once was, but that's a game OSU should have won, especially considering it was up 24-7 at one point. I realize it was on the road and amid tragic news, but it's still a game the Cowboys should have easily won.”

Mike Prater, Idaho Statesman

“The Cowboys have the most to gain this weekend. A win over Oklahoma, and they'll move more than anyone else in my top 10 (where they are now ranked No. 6).”

Drew Champlin, Dothan (Ala.) Eagle

“When it comes down to it, I think any team — even Alabama — can't complain much if they have a loss. Win the games. OSU losing to ISU would be like Alabama or LSU going to Mississippi State this year and losing, and that didn't happen.”

Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News

“I have OSU fourth because Stanford's lost once in its last 20 games, and that loss was to a pretty good team. If OSU beats OU, I might consider moving them up. I try to look at a body of work.”

Compiled by Jenni Carlson


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