Big 12 football: Could OU or Baylor give conference 2 BCS teams?

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013

The Big 12 hasn't placed two teams in the BCS since the 2008 season. And the conference's off-the-radar season in 2013 didn't figure to change things.

But as we arrive on the doorstep of Selection Sunday, both Baylor (10-1) and OU (9-2) are at least in the running for an at-large berth.

If Baylor beats Texas, or OU beats OSU, they would join the hopefuls of Clemson, an SEC team, Oregon and the Michigan State-Ohio State loser for the three or four available berths, depending on if Northern Illinois wins the Mid-American title game Friday night. With a victory, NIU would gain one of the berths.

It's a longshot, but an 11-1 Baylor would be attractive to a bowl wanting offense, and a 10-2 Oklahoma would be attractive to a bowl seeking a name brand.

Let's be optimistic and say the Big 12 squeezes a second team into the BCS.

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...
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