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OU, OSU teams close behind SEC duo in the BCS

BY TRAVIS HANEY Published: October 16, 2011

There's been plenty of juggling of those top three teams throughout the first half of the season. The Sooners remain No. 1 in the coaches' poll, which accounts for a third of the BCS formula. But they're third in the Harris Poll, which accounts for another third of the overall formula.

The other third is provided by seven computer rankings, with the highest and lowest ranking thrown out. The computers love Oklahoma State, which is No. 1 in five of the seven systems used.

“The recognition is great for our football program,” OSU head coach Mike Gundy said in a release after the standings were revealed. “But we are only halfway through the season and things can change quickly.”

The Cowboys play at Missouri this week.

“That game needs to be our focus,” Gundy said.

The 11 a.m. kickoff in Columbia could be a tricky test for OSU coming off a wild 38-26 victory at Texas. The Pokes did open as a 7 1/2-point favorite, though Missouri (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) played well Saturday to dismantle Iowa State 52-17.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, faces Texas Tech at home Saturday. The Sooners opened as 25 1/2-point favorites, despite the fact that the Red Raiders (4-2, 1-2) have lost consecutive games to ranked conference opponents by a total of just 12 points.

The Sooners won 47-17 on Saturday at Kansas, but it was an uneven evening for the most part. Jones said OU needs to “clean up” some of its issues — and particularly its red zone offense — if it wants to play for and win the national title Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

Worth noting, and some Sooners did on Twitter, is the fact that both OU and OSU control their own destinies. What happens in Stillwater on Dec. 3 looms large, clearly.