Big 12 football notebook: Big 12 might not fill all of its bowl ties

Currently, there are only seven Big 12 teams that are bowl eligible — and two might get BCS bids.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 12, 2012
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The Big 12 might not fill all of its bowl ties, especially if the conference lands two BCS bids.

The conference is guaranteed eight bowl slots as long as eight teams post six or more wins, nine if two teams play in BCS bowls.

Currently there are only seven Big 12 teams that are bowl eligible.

Baylor (4-5) needs two more wins. The Bears' final three games are against Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

“We face three great football programs. We understand that,” said BU coach Art Briles. “But if you want to be a team people respect and have belief in you have to do some things (to earn) that respect. The thing I like about our team, quite honestly, is we're just starting to get to where we need to get to.”

Iowa State (5-5) visits Kansas on Saturday. The Cyclones close out the season at home against West Virginia.

“It's something you don't have to talk about,” said Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads. “The media likes to talk about that sixth win and bowl eligibility. But teams and coaches don't need to. We can count. We realize what it means. We're fast at work on preparation for the next victory.”

The Big 12 bowl pecking order: Fiesta, Cotton, Alamo, Buffalo Wild Wings (formerly Insight), Holiday, Texas, New Era Pinstripe and Ticket City Bowl.

K-STATE FOCUSED ON BAYLOR

For the first time in school history, Kansas State is ranked No. 1 in the BCS rankings. With two more wins the Wildcats are all but assured of playing in the national title game.

K-State coach Bill Snyder said his message always has been to focus on today. Snyder, though, acknowledges his players are aware the Wildcats are being discussed frequently on national television and on social media.

“It's not my intent to keep it from them,” Snyder said. “It's my intent, which it has been from Day 1, to focus on the appropriate things. The important thing today is our meetings, our practice and our preparation for Baylor. It's not something that all of a sudden we have to reinforce.”

TEXAS TECH WINNING OT GAMES

The Red Raiders are 7-3, but their resume would look much different if they hadn't defeated Kansas in overtime last week and defeated TCU in three overtimes.


by Michael Baldwin
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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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