T. Boone Pickens: No way Irish get in ahead of undefeated Cowboys
There’s still a long way to go, T. Boone Pickens acknowledges, but don’t get Oklahoma State’s billionaire booster started about a one-loss Notre Dame team making the College Football Playoff ahead of his Cowboys if they run table.
"They’re not going to put Notre Dame in at 11-1 against us at 12-0," Pickens told Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News on Thursday. "I don’t even think that’s realistic."
Realistic doesn’t always jive with the CFP committee. Was it realistic a year ago when the committee dropped TCU from No. 3 to No. 6 and out of the playoff after whipping Iowa State by 52 in the season finale?
"Shoot, we will," Pickens told Carlton when asked if Oklahoma State will be in if it finishes 12-0. "They’re not going to put somebody in with a loss ahead of somebody [undefeated]."
As it is, one-loss Notre Dame (9-1) sits two spots ahead of undefeated Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12), which still has two games left against current top 10 teams. The No. 6 Cowboys play No. 10 Baylor on Saturday and then wrap up the regular season on Nov. 28 against in-state rival, No. 7 Oklahoma.
So, as the 87-year-old Pickens’ said, his Cowboys are still "a long ways from 12-0."
But if they get there and Notre Dame wins out, the CFP committee’s final decision is going to be mighty interesting.
T. Boone Pickens will be watching closely.