Poll Position: No. 5 Oklahoma State makes Big 12 race interesting
Going into Week 10, the casual college football fan probably didn't realize Oklahoma State was undefeated.
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Sure, the Cowboys have a quarterback who's knocking on the door of 3,000 passing yards for the year and seven receivers who average over 15 yards a catch. But, buried in a conference with flashier names -- TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma -- Oklahoma State wasn't anyone's choice to make moves, despite a 7-0 record.
To be fair, Oklahoma State's wins haven't been pretty: a three-point win over a maligned Texas and a two-point win over 3-5 Kansas State were the biggest before the TCU game. And, with the meat of the Big 12 schedule coming in November, fans probably suspected marquee games would separate the men from the Cowboys.
In the first week of November, the Cowboys proved they were indeed men.
The 5th-ranked Horned Frogs of TCU went up north, boasting a Heisman-caliber quarterback and a share of last year's conference title, but left Stillwater with its first loss since October 11, 2014.
Trevone Boykin gave an uninspiring performance against Oklahoma State, tossing four interceptions to almost double his total for the year. Meanwhile, Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph looked more like a Heisman contender, throwing for 352 yards and five touchdowns, and Oklahoma State coasted to a 49-29 win to take TCU's ranking and keep itself in the Big 12 drivers seat.
November is far from over, and before it's done, the Big 12 will be won. But, there are many more hard downs to be played.
Oklahoma State has No. 4 Baylor in two weeks and No. 12 Oklahoma after that; so, the Cowboys' path to the Big 12 title won't be a Sunday drive to say the least. Indeed, Baylor, Oklahoma and even TCU have as much of a shot at the crown as Ok. State, but all the Cowboys have to do is keep winning.
And, they've shown they can do just that.