No. 1 was again LSU, who has a healthy lead over new No. 2 Alabama with Arkansas coming in at No. 3. OSU is No. 4 and trails the Razorbacks by .0577 points, which is a pretty healthy amount but not insurmountable as UA has to play LSU on Saturday, with the loser likely dropping below the Cowboys, who have an off week.
OSU has a big enough lead over No. 5 Virginia Tech and No. 6 Stanford that it shouldn't feel threatened at this point thanks to still being ranked No. 2 by the computers.
With OSU's aforementioned bye week on the horizon and a Bedlam showdown with No. 9 Oklahoma on Dec. 3, here are the games Cowboy fans should be watching closely on Saturday.
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 3 Arkansas, No. 2 Alabama at No. 4 Auburn, No. 5 Virginia Tech at Virginia and No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 22 Notre Dame.
It would likely help the Cowboys more if LSU were to beat Arkansas but that is the only higher-ranked team that would benefit OSU's position.
An Arkansas loss would likely launch OSU back to No. 3 but an Alabama loss to rival and defending national champion Auburn would probably boost the Pokes back up to No. 2 prior to a Bedlam showdown.
One game that is getting a little overlooked is the SEC Championship game, also on Dec. 3, where LSU, if it beats Arkansas, would play No. 13 Georgia. Georgia has quietly been climbing back into relevancy. The Bulldogs are 9-2 but haven't lost since Sept. 10 when they were beaten by a full strength South Carolina squad. Their only other loss came in the season opener at Boise State.
Stanford and Virginia Tech aren't likely to jump the Cowboys if OSU beats OU but, should either lose, it certainly wouldn't hurt the Cowboys.
All eyes should be firmly on what transpires in the SEC the next two weeks. Even though OSU no longer controls its own destiny, there is still hope moving forward for the Cowboys to earn their first ever title bid but a little help will be needed along the way.