STILLWATER — Take a deep breath Cowboy fans.
Oklahoma State still controls its own destiny.
"That was the main thing me and Orie (Lemon) were saying at the end of the game and in the locker room," quarterback Brandon Weeden said. "We're 6-1, we're sitting in a good position in the Big 12 South."
Despite a loss to Nebraska on Saturday, the Pokes' goals of a Big 12 South title and league championship remain alive. The Cowboys are 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12.
* Baylor sits atop the Big 12 South with a 3-1 record. The Bears visit Stillwater on Nov. 6. Baylor has been a surprise in the Big 12, but its three conference wins came against North foes Colorado, Kansas and Kansas State. In Baylor's lone Big 12 South matchup, it lost 45-38 to Texas Tech.
* Oklahoma is tied with OSU for second place in the South with matching 2-1 conference records. The Sooners visit Boone Pickens Stadium on Nov. 27 in a Bedlam matchup that could end up being the Big 12 South title game. The Cowboys appear to be the Sooners biggest remaining test, which puts added pressure on OSU to win every game before Bedlam.
* Texas sits in fourth place with a 2-2 conference record. OSU travels to Austin on Nov. 13. The Longhorns are inconsistent and surprisingly bad at home with back-to-back home losses to UCLA and Iowa State. The Cowboys' visit to Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium is not quite as daunting as it once appeared.
So, if the Cowboys win those games and avoid road slips at Kansas State or Kansas, they win the Big 12 South.
It's that simple.
"This next week the leaders on the team have to come out and tell these younger guys we'll be all right," OSU receiver Josh Cooper said. "We just have prepare like we always have."
OSU didn't lose control of its own destiny with the Nebraska loss. The Pokes did lose any type of cushion they might have had for a slip up against a lesser team.
The Cowboys must win the games they should win, starting with this weekend against Kansas State. OSU has proved it can play on the road — and the Cowboys have proven that they are much better overall than most national analysts expected.
Thus, the expectations have raised.
And the Big 12 South is there for the taking. One look at the standings tells you that. That's the message Weeden was looking to deliver to his teammates after the loss.
Said Weeden: "If we take care of business and we're (thinking) about what we can control, all the goals we set before the season are still attainable."
Big 12 South Standings and remaining schedule
As the Big 12 North has proved to us over the years, it doesn't matter how crazy things get in the Big 12 South in 2010. Someone has to represent the division in the Big 12 Championship game. Here's a closer look at the Big 12 South standings and the remaining schedules for those six teams.
Rank, Team, Overall Record, Big 12 record.
1, Baylor, 6-2, 3-1
At Texas, at OSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma
2, Oklahoma, 6-1, 2-1
Colorado, at Texas A&M, Texas Tech, at Baylor, at OSU
2, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 2-1
At Kansas State, Baylor, at Texas, at Kansas, Oklahoma
4, Texas, 4-3, 2-2
Baylor, at Kansas State, OSU, Florida Atlantic*, Texas A&M
5, Texas Tech, 4-3, 2-3
At Texas A&M, Missouri, at Oklahoma, Weber State*, Houston*
6, Texas A&M, 4-3, 1-2
Texas Tech, Oklahoma, at Baylor, Nebraska, at Texas
* denotes a non-conference game.