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In the way of #1 – Stanford



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Welcome to a new series on what must take place for Oklahoma State to reach #1 this year. Who must win in order for the Cowboys to sit atop the college football world? Who are we, as OSU fans, pulling for?

Last week we looked at Boise and today we’ll be moving southward to take a gander at their west coast brethren from Palo Alto.

Stanford opens the season with a pair of killer non-conference games against San Jose St. and Duke. I guess I can at least credit them for going to Duke in what might double as the single most cerebral gathering of 300 lb. humans in the history of the world.

Then they go to Arizona, who will be coming off a 10-day rest after playing OSU, before hosting UCLA and Colorado. I don’t really see a loss in there so far. I mean are we really banking on Arizona’s porous D to take down the Heisman frontrunner three weeks into the season?

To Washington State in October in what should be a padding of Mr. Luck’s Heisman resume and home against Washington the week after. Uhhh…still no losses.

Then it gets interesting. At SC and then up to Corvallis for Oregon State’s annual “oh, you’re in the hunt for a national title, well you should have come here in early September instead of November” game.

Then a brutal home stretch of Oregon, Cal, and Notre Dame – all in Palo Alto.

I feel like Stanford is going to be a problem. If you had to draw up a schedule that screamed “here’s the Heisman and title game with a fat bow tied around both of them” this would be it. Luck owns SC and he’s only lost at home once in his entire career (Cal in ’09).

The bright spot for OSU fans could be that trip to Oregon State. From one OSU to another: get it done, Beavers.

How worried I am:           (out of 10)

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

Also, 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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