This does not happen often, but the caring people of Las Vegas whiffed when they had Baylor as 9-point favorites to defeat Oklahoma State. If there was such a thing as free money this was it.
The reason Baylor lost on Saturday night in Stillwater, thus ruining the Bears' shot at a BCS title, or a BCS game, is simple: Oklahoma State has been the best team in the Big 12 since the summer. We forgot because the Cowboys had the audacity to lose at West Virginia on September 28.
Baylor is the second-best team in the conference, and Saturday's result bore that out. Play the game again, Oklahoma State wins again. As much credit as Art Briles and all of Baylor deserves for the job they have done to make that university a national threat, the same needs to be said for Mike Gundy and T. Boone Pickens in Stillwater.
It was funny to listen to ABC color analyst Kirk Herbstreit applaud the OSU administration for making the commitment, etc. It wasn't the administration. It was a billionaire fan burying the school in money with the intention of one thing - making his football team a winner. Make no mistake, the Oklahoma State Cowboys belong to T. Boone.
What seemed impossible for so many years - Oklahoma State on equal footing with Oklahoma - is nearly complete with the coaching/recruiting done by Mike Gundy, and the cash supplied by T. Boone Pickens.
Lots of college football programs throw around money, and it does not work all the time, but T. Boone's money has been spent wisely in Stillwater. He has what he wants: A winning football team.
A football team that is better than Texas, better than Oklahoma, and better than Baylor.
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