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.
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has proved he'll pull out all stops in overtime.
In last week's win over Kansas, Tech's winning touchdown was a jump pass out of the wildcat formation. Against TCU, quarterback Seth Doege lined up at wide receiver in overtime.
“You can open it up more because you know it's your last shot,” Tuberville said. “You can pull out trick plays. And they've worked.
“I think you can do a lot more in overtime but there's a lot of pressure on illegal procedures and small mistakes you can't make in overtime that you can make on a regular drive.”
STILL A BIG GAME IN MORGANTOWN
During the summer, West Virginia fans labeled Oklahoma's Nov. 17 visit to Morgantown as the biggest home game in school history.
Now that the Mountaineers are out of the conference title race, what's been the reaction?
“People are still pretty excited about it,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “They've had it circled for quite a while. OU is such a storied program over the past 100 years, their tremendous history they've accomplished with championships. A lot of people want to come in and watch the game.”
JAYHAWKS STILL SEEK BIG 12 WIN
Kansas has lost 19 consecutive conference games. The Jayhawks, though, have been competitive in most games the past month.
KU lost in the final minute to Texas two weeks ago, played OSU close and last week lost in overtime at Texas Tech.
“The most positive thing is there wasn't a woe-is-me (attitude) on the sideline at any time in the game,” said KU coach Charlie Weis. “Normally, when a team gets in the habit of losing when something goes bad it can be, ‘Here we go again.' This was the first time I felt we didn't have that (mentality).
“We had that experience one other time in the Texas game when they scored with 12 seconds left. Really, the team is starting to get past waiting for something bad to happen, instead trying to make something good happen. ”
The Jayhawks last conference win?
A 52-45 shoot-out over Colorado two years ago.