STILLWATER — Oklahoma State will play in either the Fiesta Bowl or the national title game after the Cowboys beat Oklahoma 44-10 on Saturday in Stillwater.
Oklahoma will not play in a BCS bowl game.
There was some talk the Sooners might have a long shot chance at being selected by the Sugar Bowl if they could remain in the BCS top 14 when the final rankings are released.
It's highly doubtful the Sooners will stay in the top 14. Even if they do, they won't play in a BCS bowl.
“A three-loss team isn't going to a BCS bowl unless they're an automatic (qualifier),” said Sugar Bowl president elect Jack Laborde, who attended Bedlam. “There are too many teams with one or two losses.”
If the national title game is a rematch between LSU and Alabama the Sugar Bowl will have the first and third selections, receiving the No. 1 choice because two SEC teams were unavailable (national title game).
The Fiesta Bowl will pick second, the Orange Bowl the fourth and final selection.
If OSU's lopsided Bedlam win helps the Cowboys climb over Alabama, then the Crimson Tide goes to the Sugar Bowl.
The Sugar Bowl's final pick probably will go to Michigan but they could choose Stanford.
Non-BCS conference members Houston and Boise State don't qualify because they didn't win their conference.
The BCS pairings are all but set. Assuming Alabama finishes No. 2 in the final BCS rankings here are the projections:
National title game: LSU vs. Alabama (or OSU)
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin
Fiesta Bowl: OSU (or Alabama) vs. Stanford (or Michigan)
Sugar Bowl: TCU vs. Michigan (or Stanford)
Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson