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Oklahoma State Has to Beat Oklahoma if it Plans On Competing With Kansas

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are just as talented as anyone. However, they have to beat the Oklahoma Sooners if they plan on competing with Kansas in the Big 12.

The Cowboys already lost to the Jayhawks head-to-head, but that game was played on the road for Marcus Smart and co. Things could be a lot different once Kansas travels to Oklahoma State.

Still, Oklahoma State is two games out of first place right now and a loss against the Sooners would put it three games out of first.

Oklahoma is having a great season and could very well pull off the upset. The game will be played at home for the team, so that clearly gives it a huge advantage. The Sooners are 5-2 in the Big 12 and 16-4 on the season.

They are currently riding a three-game winning streak, while Oklahoma State has only won one game in a row.

The Cowboys entered the season as the team to beat in the Big 12. At least in my mind that is. They were expected to challenge Kansas for a conference title, but a third loss in the conference with 11 games remaining would definitely hurt. That is especially true since Oklahoma State will have to play Baylor and Iowa State next.

The winner of the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State matchup will be getting a serious boost to their resume and the loser will be taking a huge hit in the conference title race. With that in mind, Oklahoma State entered the season by being ranked in the top 10, so dropping three conference games this early would be a little disappointing.

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