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.
One non-BCS team is guaranteed a berth if it finishes in the top 12. One non-BCS team also can qualify if it finishes in the top 16 and is ranked ahead of a BCS league champion. That's the scenario this year with Houston and TCU. Both will finish ahead of the Big East champ.
Non-BCS conference teams must also win their conference. That's why Boise State isn't a candidate since TCU will win the Mountain West.
As for the one remaining at-large berth, all candidates must win nine games and finish in the top 14 of the final BCS rankings.
If a BCS conference has two teams ranked in the top 14, it's mandatory to select a second team before dipping to No. 15 and below.
With dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson and a hungry fan base eager to return to glory days, Michigan is an attractive BCS “at-large” option. But the Wolverines must defeat Ohio State and finish in the top 14.
Kansas State might be a possibility. The Wildcats will travel well, but their grind-it-out style isn't as sexy if the Sugar Bowl has other options.
A third SEC team, maybe Arkansas, isn't eligible since each conference is limited to two BCS teams.
That's why the Sooners could be a viable BCS “at-large” possibility even if they lose Bedlam and if they can finish in the top 14 in the final BCS rankings.
“If last weekend taught us anything, it's we can't make assumptions,” Baker said. “It's a crazy time. It's really hard to predict what will happen.”