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Berry Tramel


Big 12 won’t fill bowl slots

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm •  Published: November 16, 2008

Big 12 football has eight bowl slots. It figures to fill only six of them.

With the top-heavy nature of the Big 12, the league figures to get two BCS bowl berths, but it looks like only seven Big 12 teams will become bowl eligible.

If Colorado beats Nebraska on Nov. 28, the Buffs would finish 6-6 and make a bowl. But that game’s in Lincoln, and Colorado probably will lose.

That would leave the Independence Bowl and the Texas Bowl scrambling for teams.

Texas Tech, OU, Texas, OSU and Missouri figure to jostle for the two BCS berths, the Cotton Bowl, the Holiday Bowl and the Alamo Bowl. That would likely send Nebraska to the Sun Bowl and Kansas to the Insight Bowl.

If the Gator Bowl passes on Notre Dame, then a Big 12 team is headed to Jacksonville instead of El Paso’s Sun Bowl. But don’t bet on that.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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