Oklahoma State fans hold up a placard of T. Boone Pickens, the Cowboys' billionaire booster.
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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.
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?
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"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.