In the aftermath of yesterday’s final BCS Poll, much is being said about the final standings. Namely, the controversy centering on where some had placed Oklahoma State in the final coach’s poll.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban voted the Cowboys fourth…a far cry from the #2 vs. #3 debate that raged for 21 hours up until the final bowl announcements on ESPN.
Talking heads want to make a big deal about this, but other than the gratuitous airwave and column fodder they need, I’m not sure why.
No one is making a big deal about Stanford head coach David Shaw voting the Cowboys fourth in his poll, settling his Cardinal in at number three.
Or Duke’s David Cutcliff and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone doing the same.
Or Air Force’s Troy Calhoun placing the Cowboys not fourth, but FIFTH.
Could it be that these men, including Saban, really believed Oklahoma State didn’t belong in the debate?
Stanford and Oklahoma State both lost one game. One.
Stanford’s loss? To current #7 Oregon, who was #4 at the time.
Oklahoma State’s loss? To current #eleventy billion Iowa State, who was #twelve hundred billion at the time the Cowboys choked all over themselves in front of ESPN’s Friday night broadcast.
Oklahoma State Mike Gundy said it best following the Cowboys’ rare win over the Sooners.
“If we’d have taken care of business at Iowa State, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” Gundy said.
He went on to try and make a case for his team from there, but that first sentence is all you really needed to hear.
Oklahoma State lost to the Auburn of the Big 12. Alabama pounded the Auburn of the SEC 42-14. Both took place on their opponent’s home turf.
Auburn’s offense never sniffed the endzone, while the Cyclones racked up 37 offensive points. No kickoff returns, scoop and scores, or falling on a ball as it laid on pay dirt. 37 legitimate points at the hands of a team Ole Miss could’ve beaten.
Oh, and Okie State in that game? They only managed 24 points on offense; Iowa State handed them a gimme on a pick-6.
Look Mike Gundy, and your followers, I’m coming after you…because you’re forty…something. You had your chance, and you blew it.
Congrats on beating a hobbled Sooner team, and it was time considering the eight years of beatdowns you’ve taken from big brother, not to mention the measley 18 wins you’ve managed against them (to their 74) in your “rivalry’s” existence.
But to those near or far who want to raise an eyebrow to Alabama coach Nick Saban’s decision to vote Oklahoma State fourth in the coaches poll, it may be more than just mere stumping for his Crimson Tide team.
Maybe the man, by virtue of his track record in the sport, knows a little something about college football, and…well…what a championship team looks like.
Champions don’t lay eggs against also-ran opposition. But apparently Cowboys do.