It’s guaranteed another loss will knock Oklahoma State out of the College Football Playoff picture. Although the Cowboys could certainly run the table to make their Playoff debut, Sporting News’ Bill Bender doesn’t see that as likely.
In examing whether to buy, sell or hold each one-loss teams’ chances of making it to the College Football Playoff, Bender ‘sold’ the Cowboys’ chances, citing Oklahoma State’s difficult schedule ahead and the challenge of shootouts in Big 12 play.
“We could see the Cowboys in the Big 12 championship game,” Bender wrote, “but it’s easier to see one more slipup through all those Big 12 track meets.”
After playing Baylor for homecoming this weekend, the Cowboys have consecutive road games at Texas and West Virginia before a heated Bedlam matchup with Oklahoma. Should the Cowboys make it through that stretch unscathed, the back end of the schedule is not without its challenges.
Oklahoma State travels to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State, which, of course, has proven challenging in the past, before a meeting with an always-feisty Kansas State team at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cowboys wrap up the regular season at home against Kansas.
No two-loss team has made the College Football Playoff, and it’s difficult to imagine Oklahoma State becoming the first. It’s plausible, though, for the Cowboys to suffer another loss and still sneak into the Big 12 title game, though it truly depends on who that loss comes to.
The better course of action would be to run the table and prove Bender wrong, but that’s easier said than done. The Cowboys will give it their best shot, though, beginning Saturday against the Bears.
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