Cowboys Still On Outside Looking In

Despite knocking off a 24th-ranked team in the initial BCS Standings the pollsters are not showing a ton of respect for the Oklahoma State program. However, there is no crying in college football, and the Cowboys will have to earn their way back in the polls. They could, with a healthy contribution from the computer rankings, make their way into the BCS standings on Sunday evening.

The Associated Press poll, in which the media has always been less favorable to the Cowboys, has Oklahoma State 33rd in an extended poll. Meanwhile, the coaches, in the USA Today poll have the Cowboys 30th in an extended poll.

The Cowboys defeated Iowa State 31-10 on Saturday knocking Iowa State out of poll and BCS consideration.

Statistically, the Cowboys remain the top offense in Division I FBS football as they average a high of 605.3 yards a game. On Saturday, the Cowboys finished with 625 yards of offense, the most allowed by an Iowa State defense since a Nov. 11, 1999 51-16 loss to Nebraska when the Huskers gained 637 yards on the Cyclones.

The Cowboys are also seventh in passing offense (351 yards a game) and eighth in rushing offense (254.3 yards per contest). Oklahoma State is seventh in third down conversions with 49-of-91 converted for 53.8 percent.

Defensively, the Cowboys have improved with a 45th ranking in total defense allowing 365.8 yards per game and a No.52 ranking in scoring defense allowing 24.7 points per game.

Individually, Joseph Randle is eighth in the nation in rushing averaging 127.5 yards per game.

The Cowboys host TCU this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

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