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Tale of the tape: OSU vs. other BCS contenders

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: November 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm •  Published: November 2, 2011

After Clemson and Kansas State lost last week, the field of serious national title contenders was trimmed to five teams. Here's a look at those teams' BCS strengths, weaknesses and remaining schedules.

Oklahoma State

BCS boost: The Cowboys are No. 1 in five of the six computer rankings that make up one-third of the BCS formula.

BCS knock: OSU was ranked No. 8 in the preseason USA Today/Coaches poll, the lowest of any team currently in the BCS top 5. That means the Cowboys have needed to climb the most in the human poll.

Remaining schedule (in order of difficulty)

Dec. 3 vs. No. 6 Oklahoma

Nov. 12 at Texas Tech

Nov. 5 vs. No. 14 Kansas State

Nov. 18 at Iowa State

LSU

BCS boost: The Tigers are ranked No. 1 in both the Harris Poll and USA Today/Coaches polls.

BCS knock: LSU has the toughest remaining schedule, with games against two top-10 teams in No. 2 Alabama and No. 7 Arkansas remaining.

Remaining schedule (in order of difficulty)

Nov. 5 at No. 2 Alabama

Nov. 25 vs. No. 7 Arkansas

Dec. 3 SEC championship game (if necessary)

Nov. 19 at Ole Miss

Nov. 12 vs. Western Kentucky

Alabama

BCS boost: The Crimson Tide is No. 2 in both the Harris and USA Today/Coaches polls and is in prime position to move up to No. 1 if it beats LSU on Saturday.

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