With two losses, Oklahoma officially has been removed from the national-title picture.
Still, OU could be in for a compelling bowl matchup.
A showdown with defending national champion Alabama.
A Stoops bowl with Arizona.
A clash with Michigan's Denard Robinson.
Or even a rematch with sixth-ranked Stanford.
Those are just some of the possibilities.
AT&T Cotton Bowl: Big 12 No. 2 vs. SEC West No. 2, 3 or 4
Chances: 50 percent
Potential opponents: Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi State, LSU
The Breakdown: If OU beats Tech and Baylor, then loses in Stillwater, Arlington is probably where the Sooners are headed.
Yes, the Cotton remains ahead of the Alamo in the pecking order, but it's unlikely the Cotton will ask the Big 12 Championship loser to come back to Cowboys Stadium just one month after playing there. Possible, but unlikely. Which means that would send the Bedlam winner to the Alamo if that team lost in the Big 12 title. Sending the Bedlam loser to the Cotton, where the Sooners haven't been since 2002.
The SEC is sure to send two of its teams to BCS games, probably the national championship and the Sugar, or the Sugar and Orange (most likely Auburn and LSU in both scenarios). The Capital One gets next pick, and it would probably take Alabama. That leaves the Cotton its pick of remaining SEC West schools, which would probably be Arkansas.
However, with Stanford's late surge — and LSU still with a very losable game remaining at Arkansas — it's possible the Cardinal could snag the SEC's BCS at-large bid. If that happened, the Capital One would get its choice of Alabama or LSU, leaving the other to face the Sooners or Cowboys in an intriguing Cotton Bowl showdown.
Valero Alamo Bowl: Big 12 No. 3 vs. Pac-10 No. 2
Chances: 30 percent
Potential opponents: Stanford or Arizona
The Breakdown: In the new Big 12 new bowl agreement, the Alamo gets third pick, and now has a tie-in to get the No. 2 Pac-10 team. To end up in the Alamo, the Sooners will have to win Bedlam, then lose to Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship.
Because the Cotton will be inclined not to invite the Big 12 title loser to back Cowboys Stadium just a month after playing there, the Bedlam winner would probably fall past the Bedlam loser to the Alamo.
Waiting in San Antonio, however, would be one of two potential high-profile matchups. Either sixth-ranked Stanford, or Mike Stoops and Arizona. Having defeated Arizona last week, the Cardinal will finish higher in the Pac-10.
However, in two scenarios, the Alamo could end up with Arizona.
One, Stanford gets a BCS-at large berth, bumping the Wildcats up to the Alamo.
Two, for proximity and ticket sales reasons, the Alamo and Holiday (Pac-10 No. 3) could agree to swap picks, sending Stanford to San Diego, and Arizona to San Antonio for a potential Stoops Bowl.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Big 12 champ vs. BCS at-large
Chances: 10 percent
Potential opponents: Pittsburgh, Boise State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, TCU
The Breakdown: To reach the Fiesta Bowl, the Sooners have to win their remaining games, which include Texas Tech at home, Baylor and Oklahoma State on the road, plus Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship.
The way OU has played away from home of late, running through that gauntlet unbeaten doesn't seem too likely.
Still, if the Sooners did run the table, a matchup with Big East champ Pittsburgh would most likely await, since the other BCS bowls get to make their at-large picks before the Fiesta this year. Boise State and the Big Ten at-large (Ohio State, Wisconsin or Michigan State) would probably get scooped up before Pitt. In the past, the Orange has taken the Big East champ, even though it's not contractually obligated to do so. Considering the Panthers are just 5-3, the Orange may opt for a better team this time around.
Insight Bowl: Big 12 No. 4 vs. Big Ten No. 5
Chances: 10 percent
Potential opponents: Michigan, Illinois, Penn State
The Breakdown: If OU's road woes continue, and the Sooners lose at Baylor and OSU, they would most likely drop to the Insight, which has moved up in the Big 12 pecking order in the conference's new bowl agreement.
That's the bad news.
The good news is that's it's Tempe in December. And a possible matchup with one of college football's blue bloods, Michigan or Penn State. If OU ends up facing Denard Robinson or Joe Paterno, the Insight instantly becomes a must-see bowl.
Jake Trotter's Big 12 bowl projections
Fiesta: Nebraska (Big 12 champ) vs. Pittsburgh (BCS at-large)
Cotton: Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 2) vs. Arkansas (SEC West No. 3 or 4)
Alamo: Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 3) vs. Stanford (Pac-10 No. 2)
Insight: Missouri (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Michigan (Big Ten No. 5)
Holiday: Kansas State (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Arizona (Pac-10 No. 3)
Texas: Texas A&M (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Illinois (Big Ten No. 6)
Pinstripe: Baylor (Big 12 No. 7) vs. Syracuse (Big East No. 4)
TicketCity: Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 8) vs. Northwestern (Big Ten No. 7)
Note: By finishing 6-6, both Iowa State and Texas could become replacement teams for conferences without enough eligible teams
Big 12 bowl schedule
Insight (Tempe, Ariz.);Dec. 28;9 p.m.
Texas (Houston);Dec. 29;5 p.m.
Alamo (San Antonio);Dec. 29;8:15 p.m.
Pinstripe (New York);Dec. 30;2:20 p.m.
Holiday (San Diego);Dec. 30;9 p.m.
TicketCity (Dallas);Jan. 1;11 a.m.
Fiesta;(Glendale, Ariz.);Jan. 1;7:30 p.m.
Cotton (Arlington, Texas);Jan. 7;7 p.m.