Oklahoma State made a huge jump in today’s coaches poll, climbing to No. 3 _ up two spots from last week _ and moving within 32 points of No. 2 Alabama on the ballots of pollsters.
OSU also projects to be rated ahead of Alabama on four of the six computer models used in setting the final BCS standings.
What does that mean in terms of whether the Cowboys’ 44-10 rout of then-No. 10 Oklahoma can carry OSU past Alabama in today’s final BCS standings and into a berth against No. 1 LSU in the BCS National Championship Game?
BCS expert Jerry Palm projects that OSU will need to finish at least five points ahead of Alabama in the final Harris Poll, which has yet to be released, to earn a spot opposite LSU in the title game. Otherwise, we’re looking at LSU-Alabama, Part II for all the marbles.
For the record, there are 115 voters in the Harris poll. OSU, coming off an open date, finished 352 points behind Alabama _ coming off a 42-14 victory over Auburn _ in last week’s Harris poll. Alabama was idle Saturday while OSU routed OU.
Final tabulations and explanations are due at 7:15 p.m. tonight.
_ Jimmy Burch