Despite embarrassing losses to Texas in the Red River Rivalry, and to Baylor, the No. 17 Oklahoma Sooners (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) got an impressive road win at Bedlam on Dec. 7, 33-24 over No. 6 Oklahoma State, that just might push OU into the BCS bowl picture.
The Sooners finished in a three-way tie for second in the Big 12 with Texas and Oklahoma State. OU will be higher ranked than Texas and the BCS committee always love teams ending the season with an impressive win rather than a heart-breaking loss.
Baylor won the outright title by defeating Texas 30-10 later in the day and will most likely go to the Fiesta Bowl.
Florida State and Auburn both won their conference title game and will match up in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.
That leaves eight spots, the Rose Bowl, the Sugar, Fiesta and Orange Bowl.
Baylor, Central Florida, Michigan State, and Stanford all won their conference, earning themselves the automatic bid. That leaves four spots for an at-large bid.
Stanford and Michigan State will meet in the Rose Bowl. Baylor will play in the Fiesta and Central Florida will play in either the Fiesta or Orange.
Along with OU…Alabama, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Clemson, Oregon, and Missouri all have outside chances to making it, but again, the BCS loves ending the season on a win rather than a loss.
Bama did, but didn’t play this week. They should make it just on the way they lost to Auburn and well, they still are the two-time defending champs.
If the Sooners and Tide play, it will set up two great defenses.
It would mark Bob Stoops’ ninth BCS bowl in his 15 years at OU, first since a 2010 Fiesta Bowl win over UConn.
If OU doesn’t make it, the Cotton Bowl is probably the Sooners’ best bet.
The BCS selection show is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN on Dec. 8.