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College Football Frenzy: Bring on NCAA chaos with OK/OK State Bedlam

Nov 30, 2019; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Chuba Hubbard (30) runs the ball against Oklahoma Sooners defensive lineman Dillon Faamatau (91) during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-404607
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That’s typically the case when this meeting of in-state rivals takes place.

But befitting such a strange season, it’s not the No. 18 Sooners (5-2) in the hunt for a final-four spot heading into 2020’s Bedlam. With two losses, they’re done in the CFP conversation.

Instead, it’s the No. 14 Cowboys (5-1) who have that shot on behalf of the Big 12.

In fact, the much-maligned conference is hanging its cowboy hat on the Cowpokes — and no other folk — to field a team in the final four.

So it won’t be OK for OK State to drop this one to OK (say that five times fast) on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) because a CFP berth is already a long-shot for the Cowboys with that one loss hanging off them.

That is unless constant buzz to expand the playoff to eight teams — if only for this crazy campaign — is somehow fast-tracked into reality.

While such a notion is likely just talk, the constant 2020 COVID decree of the sports world that ‘everything is on the table’ does remain in play.

Eight berths, suddenly, instead of just four?

Imagine the chaos.

Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence leaves the field with his teammates after Clemson lost to Notre Dame 47-40 in two overtimes at Notre Dame Stadium. Photo by Matt Cashore /USA TODAY Sports

SECOND DOWN

This will make OK State fans cringe — head coach Mike Gundy is just 2-13 in Bedlam action . . . QB Trevor Lawrence is back for No. 4 Clemson (7-1), fresh off two hell weeks — for his team without him — from COVID-19. They visit floundering Florida State (2-6), which turns back to QB Jordan Travis with last week’s starter, Chubba Purdy (broken collarbone), set for season-ending surgery on Saturday (noon ET, ABC) . . . No. 12 Miami (7-1) is messed up by the bug, leading the ACC to smartly shuffle its schedule over the next month to give D’Eriq King & Co. two weeks off to recover. Six games, three involving Miami, have been affected in the ACC reset . . . All told, a whopping 15 Week 12 games have been called off — seven of them postponed, including No. 5 Texas A&M (5-1) vs. Ole Miss (3-4), Miami vs. Georgia Tech (2-5), Charlotte (2-3) vs. No. 15 Marshall (7-0), No. 22 Texas (5-2) at Kansas (0-7) and Houston (3-3) at SMU (7-2) . . . A request by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to delay the start of the post-season due to the ever-increasing number of games being called off fell largely on deaf ears belonging to the College Football Playoff Management Committee this week. So the schedule will remain the same — New Year’s Day for the semifinals, and Jan. 11 for the CFP National Championship — unless COVID cases really get out of hand among programs . . . Speaking of which, the first College Football Playoff rankings come out Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, TSN2).



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