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Driver's seat for Big 12 South Division title on the line Saturday in Stillwater

OK, so who would've thought before the season that Oklahoma State and Baylor would be playing for a legit shot at the Big 12 South title? But that's where the Cowboys and Bears find themselves, battling to take the driver's seat in the south.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm •  Published: November 1, 2010

STILLWATER — Jonathan Rush looked at the Big 12 Conference standings the other day and did a double take.

"It said Baylor, then Oklahoma State," he recalled.

And the Cowboy offensive lineman wasn't looking at the bottom of the standings or even at the middle of them.

He was looking at the very top.

In this first week of November, Baylor is first in the South Division and Oklahoma State is tied for second with Oklahoma.

The divisional cellar dwellers?

Texas A&M. Texas. Texas Tech.

Go figure.

Here's another one to ponder — the winner of Saturday's game between Baylor and OSU will be in the South Division driver's seat.

Everyone thought that'd be the case when the season started, right? I mean, that's about as likely as the Saints making the Super Bowl and the Rangers going to the World Series in the same year.

Oh, wait ...

So, how did we get two months deep into the season with Baylor and OSU atop of the standings? How did we make it to the stretch run with the Bears and the Cowboys playing for South Division supremacy Saturday in Stillwater?

Have they risen? Have others fallen?

The answers are clear — yes and yes.

The South Division is populated by powerhouses. Texas played for the national championship last season. Oklahoma played for it two seasons ago. Texas A&M hasn't been great in the past decade, but historically, it has a strong pedigree. Texas Tech hasn't been great historically, but in the past decade, it has a strong track record.

The Sooners have maintained their powerhouse status this season, sitting eighth in the BCS standings, but those other three teams have a combined record of 13-11.

Their combined league record: 6-9.


"Nobody's ever seen the Big 12 like this," OSU cornerback Andrew McGee said. "Seeing those other teams fall gives everybody in the Big 12 confidence to go out and feel like they can win a Big 12 championship."

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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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