OU's bowl destination is far from determined

by Michael Baldwin Published: November 20, 2011

What are Oklahoma's bowl possibilities after two stunning losses?

* Fiesta Bowl if the Sooners win out.

* Cotton Bowl (Stoops versus Spurrier) is a possibility if the Sooners lose Bedlam.

* Alamo Bowl (Utah the most likely Pac 12 representative) if the Cotton Bowl chooses Kansas State over OU and neither is invited to a BCS game.

* Sugar Bowl might be a possibility. But one BCS at-large requirement is teams must finish in the top 14 in the final BCS standings.

Considering upsets in recent weeks, it's too early to speculate. That's why Cotton Bowl president Rick Baker said his group waits until the week after Thanksgiving for its initial committee meeting.

“Who would have ever guessed what happened this (past) weekend across the board?” Baker said. “Rather than have all kind of conjecture, we wait until everything except the last weekend has been played. We're not far along.”

Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Baylor are the Cotton Bowl's Big 12 candidates. One, possibly two of those teams, will receive BCS berths before Baker's group makes its selection.

There are locks for eight of the 10 BCS berths — two SEC teams; Pac 12 champ; Big East champ; Big 12 champ; Atlantic Coast champ and Big Ten champ.

Stanford is the “eighth” lock. And will play in the Fiesta Bowl. With Heisman candidate Andrew Luck, the probable No. 1 pick in next year's NFL Draft, the Cardinal is a slam dunk for a BCS at-large berth.

This year, the selection pecking order is: Fiesta, Sugar and Orange, which is why the Orange Bowl most likely will be the ACC champion versus the Big East champion.

Houston automatically receives a BCS berth if it finishes undefeated. But the Cougars still play Tulsa. If Houston loses, TCU will collect the “automatic” non-BCS conference at large berth.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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