Oklahoma State defeated Mississippi State, 21-3, in its opener. The victory sets up what could be a huge season for the Cowboys. It's probable Oklahoma State could be undefeated entering its final three games — at Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma.
Iowa State's Paul Rhoads addresses his team after the Cyclones stunned No. 2 Oklahoma State, 37-31, in double overtime on Friday night in Ames. It's being called the greatest victory in the history of the program.
Of course, there was one person who knew before Friday that the Cowboys weren't BCS title game worthy, and he was called an idiot by Oklahoma State fans. When do I get my written apology, Cowboy Nation?
Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon goes for the extra "photo juice" by holding the ball out for all to see before crossing the goal line. He fumbles and the ball rolls through the end zone for a touchback.
New York Post media critic Phil Mushnick loved every second of it. He writes: "Incredible, impossible — if not for the fact such absurdities now occur every weekend, high school, college and pro."
The Pacific 12 announced Tuesday night that it would remain a 12-team league, ending the expansion talk that included Big 12 members Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
It's the second year in a row Pac-12 had flirted with the four schools and like last year, the deal-breaker was Texas' reluctance to share revenue from the Longhorn Network. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is said to have met last weekend with officials from Texas, but the Longhorns' financial demands simply did not fit into Scott's "culture of equality."
That left Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as possible additions, but with little discussion it was determined that expanding to 14 teams was awkward and not financially worthwhile.
An earlier report had Oklahoma demanding the ouster of Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, pictured above, as part of a deal to keep the Sooners in the league. But when the Pac-12 slammed the door, Oklahoma appeared to lose its bargaining chip. For the time being, Beebe still has a job.