That means the only way Palm sees Stanford leapfrogging OSU if neither team loses is if the poll voters “turn on” the Cowboys.
“If all of a sudden the voters started moving Stanford up, then that could maybe cause Oklahoma State to get passed,” Palm said. “But realistically, that kind of thing doesn't usually happen, unless Oklahoma State starts playing bad teams badly and gives voters a reason to change their mind.”
What else would help cement the Cowboys' BCS future? If OU keeps winning before it comes to Stillwater. Another Sooner loss, Billingsley said, could hurt OSU in his rankings because it would make OU a less “attractive” opponent.
“It's rather ironic, isn't it?” Billingsley said. “The Sooner fans and the Cowboy fans have such a bitter rivalry, but they really need to be rooting for one another right now. Because the higher that both of those teams are ranked, the better it's going to be for the winner of the Bedlam game.
“Now you've got to root for your rival, so when you beat them, you look better.”
Cap a perfect regular season with that marquee victory, and the Cowboys should clinch a spot in the national title game — no matter what the rest of the nation's unbeaten teams do the remainder of the year.