After dominating the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, the Oklahoma State Cowboys moved up to No. 10 in the latest BCS standings. After suffering an early setback in conference play, the Cowboys have found their rhythm and have rounded into form just in time to make a run at the Big 12 title and make some noise in the BCS conversation down the stretch.
Early on, the Cowboys looked like a team that didn’t know what their identity was on offense and it cost them on the road against the West Virginia Mountaineers. But in the last month, OSU has been rolling thanks to a commitment to the running game and has started playing their best football in front of their biggest matchups. That has led to big wins, like the one against Texas, and gives the Cowboys a big opportunity to make a late push in the BCS standings.
Next week, Oklahoma State hosts the No. 4 Baylor Bears in a Big 12 showdown that will likely decide the conference title and who wins the automatic bid to the BCS. A win there would also give the Cowboys a huge boost in the BCS rankings heading into their regular season finale against the No. 20 Oklahoma Sooners. Back to back quality wins would give Oklahoma State a great opportunity (with plenty of help with losses by other members of the top 10) to make a strong push up the BCS standings in the final weeks.
With OSU playing their best football of the season, are the Pokes too late to make a serious push into the BCS conversation?