Remember what happened after Oklahoma State’s first half performance against Pittsburgh? The national media finally gave the Cowboys the respect they’ve clamored for. They shot up the polls, and we started talking about whether they could average 50 points per game. Everyone loves offense. 40-point halves move the needle, and Oklahoma State needs more of them.
OSU responded to the national love by folding like a two-dollar lawn chair, which makes them a long-shot for the playoff. Dominoes around college football will have to fall, and Oklahoma State will have to convince the playoff committee that they just had one bad day in September.
The Cowboys realistically have three more chances to put up crazy numbers against bad teams: this Saturday against Baylor, and two November games against Iowa State and Kansas. If Oklahoma State is even close to a playoff team, they should win those three games by more than 100 combined points. That starts against Baylor.
Baylor has played much better in conference than they did in the non-con, but they’re still a bad football team. The goal for Oklahoma State can’t be to just win the game. The goal has to be winning by such a huge margin that it turns heads when the score scrolls across the bottom-line.