BCS Shakeup Puts Oklahoma Sooners Back in Title Hunt

Jacob KeyesCorrespondent IINovember 13, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal walks off the field after they lost to the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Most people had written off the Oklahoma Sooners from the national championship picture after their 41-38 loss to Texas Tech on October 22nd. Three weeks later, Sooners fans have to be happy with their place in the BCS mess.

College football has provided us with another night of big upsets, and nobody benefited more than Oklahoma. Sitting at sixth in the BCS rankings, the Sooners were happy to see two teams above them fall on Saturday night.

Boise State fell to TCU at home, and Stanford did the same when Oregon paid them a visit. Stanford was the biggest roadblock for Oklahoma in the Sooners' return to the national title picture.

Now the debate will begin over who the best one-loss team might be. Oklahoma has a great argument in that debate.

Sure, nobody could defend the Sooners loss to Texas Tech, but the Sooners have some nice wins under their belt. If Oklahoma were to beat Oklahoma State on December 3rd, they would become the only team with four wins over top 11 teams away from home.

Sunday's BCS rankings will be interesting to say the least. Stanford and Boise State have now been eliminated, but Oregon has added some shine to their resume.

Oklahoma's place among the elite will be tough to figure out until after Bedlam. Oregon will likely pull ahead of the Sooners this week, but a win on the road against the second best team in the country would give Oklahoma a serious boost.

Don't forget, the Sooners play another Top 25 team on the road next week when they travel to No. 25 Baylor. The BCS formula loves those wins on the road against ranked teams.

ESPN will try to hype an all-SEC rematch with LSU and Alabama facing off again for the national championship. But, Arkansas and Georgia may still have something to say about it.

A loss by LSU to either of those two would throw the entire college football world into a frenzy. At this point, the only thing we know for sure is that just about anything can happen.

For the Oklahoma fans wondering if the Sooners can jump Alabama and Oregon with a win at Oklahoma State, just remember this: the computers already like Oklahoma better than Oregon, they didn't think of Stanford as an elite team, Alabama's strength of schedule will only get worse and pollsters are all about the most recent performances.

So, the question will be, how will those pollsters and computers feel about Oklahoma on the morning after a huge win in Stillwater?