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In the way of #1 – Oregon

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Welcome to a new series on what must take place for Oklahoma State to reach #1 in the polls this year. Who must win in order for the Cowboys to sit atop the college football world?

Here’s your full fan’s guide to who OSU fans should be rooting for this season.

We’ve looked at A&M, Boise St., Stanford, Florida St., and LSU so far so let’s head back west and take a look at who we’re supposed to root for against Oregon.

The Ducks open with the game of September at Jerryworld in Dallas on Sept. 3rd against LSU. Side bet I’d love to make: Les will try to eat the fake grass on the field there. Also, I can’t keep track anymore but it feels like half the players suiting up have been suspended.

The schedule doesn’t get much easier after that either. Nevada at home in a sneaky non-conference affair before hosting Missouri State whose athletic director must have thought he was scheduling a basketball game (I mean there’s an outside chance that’s how this happened, right?).

Then they go to Arizona (who isn’t going to Arizona?) and come back home for Cal and Arizona State.

At Boulder and home at Washington State provide a nice precursor before going to Seattle and to Palo Alto in back-to-back weeks.

Finally USC and the Civil War at home round out the regular season prior to the Pac-12 Championship.

It’s not a crazy schedule but it’s certainly not that breezy. The problem for OSU fans is that if Oregon beats LSU it definitely has a better chance of going 12-0 than LSU does if it beats Oregon. So it starts to get a little complicated when you start meshing schedules of multiple top five teams in terms of who to root for.

I guess we have to pull for the Hatter in Big D and then root for Oregon to take down Stanford in Palo Alto and let it play out from there.

How worried I am:       (out of 10)

If you haven’t checked out our other series on the 20 most important people to a 2011 national title you can do so here.

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