Ideal Idle Week

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners couldn't have scripted this weekend better, and they weren't even on the field. Sooners Illustrated delves into a weekend of beneficial upsets for the Crimson and Cream.

First, former conference mate, then-19th ranked Nebraska, took care of No. 12 Penn State in Happy Valley.

Then, future conference mate TCU knocked off undefeated and then-No. 5 Boise State 36-35 on the smurf turf.

In the nightcap, No. 8 Oregon defeated undefeated and No. 4 Stanford in Palo Alto.

So what does all this mean?

Well, with the aid of TCU and Oregon, the Sooners effectively control their own destiny again, at least in theory.

Each of Alabama, OU and Oregon have one loss and will battle in the BCS for that final spot in the National Championship should they all win out.

When the polls are released tonight, the Crimson Tide will sit in third, Oregon will be in fourth and the Sooners in fifth.

But here's where the Nebraska-Penn State game comes into play.

OU and Oregon will have tightened the gap immensely in the computer polls on Alabama because the Nittany Lions fell, one of their quality wins.

With games on the docket at No. 25 Baylor and No. 2 Oklahoma State for the Sooners, they'll have all they need in order to make up the rest of the gap and pass the Crimson Tide by Dec. 3, provided they win out.

The Tide only play Georgia Southern and unranked Auburn, while Oregon has a better schedule of No. 18 USC and Oregon State, but neither will give the boost in the computers OU is set to get.

Ultimately, OU needed just a Stanford loss to have a legitimate chance again, but the Sooners got that and more, all this weekend.

USA Today Coaches' Poll

1. LSU — 1475 (1.000)
2. Oklahoma State — 1410 (.9559)
3. Alabama — 1340 (.9085)
4. Oregon — 1300 (.8814)
5. OU — 1228 (.8325)
6. Arkansas — 1170 (.7932)
7. Virginia Tech — 1045 (.7085)
8. Clemson 1042 — (.7064)
9. Stanford 1024 — (.6942)
10. Houston 927 — (.6285)

Harris Poll

1. LSU — 2875 (1.000)
2. Oklahoma State — 2750 (.9565)
3. Alabama — 2620 (.9113)
4. Oregon — 2545 (.8852)
5. OU — 2379 (.8275)
6. Arkansas — 2297 (.7990)
7. Stanford — 2041 (.7099)
8. Clemson — 2024 (.7040)
9. Virginia Tech — 1949 (.6779)
10. Houston — 1792 (.6233)

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