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Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboy players not big on politicking, either

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 29, 2011

Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy wasn't much of a politician Monday, saying that if he had a vote in the USA Today/Coaches' poll, he would rank Alabama ahead of the Cowboys right now.

Turns out Gundy's players aren't big on campaigning that their team should be in the national championship game over the Crimson Tide, either.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden and defensive end Jamie Blatnick know that the No. 3 Cowboys have no argument if they don't first beat No. 10 Oklahoma.

“I don't know how they figure it,” Weeden said of the BCS standings. “But if we take care of business — and that's the first and foremost rule — the pieces have to fall where they may. It comes back to us. If we win them all, they can't keep us out, but unfortunately, we had a stumble.”

Said Blatnick: “It's out of my hands. I can't do anything about it. I can feel indifferent either way. I would love to go (to the national title game) and would love to get some votes and stuff, but really, right now, if we don't take care of Bedlam, it doesn't matter.”

BILL YOUNG: SOONER PASSING GAME STILL POTENT WITHOUT BROYLES

Less than a month ago, it looked like Bedlam would once again match up arguably the two best wide receivers in the nation in OU's Ryan Broyles and OSU's Justin Blackmon.

But only Blackmon will be on the field Saturday after Broyles tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Texas A&M on Nov. 5.

That has taken one of the Sooners' most dangerous playmakers off the field. But OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young still expects the OU passing game to be potent on Saturday night.

“They are so talented at wide receiver, they can take a great player like Broyles and not really miss a lot,” Young said. “It would be like us losing Blackmon. We have some other really good players. They're very talented, and it won't be much of a drop off.”

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