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Mountaineers, Tigers in line for title game

By Jake Trotter Published: November 26, 2007
Following its Bedlam victory, Oklahoma moved up one spot to No. 9 in the latest BCS standings, released Sunday.

That likely won't be enough to put OU back in the national title picture or warrant the Sooners a BCS at-large berth should they lose in the Big 12 Championship game.

Here is the breakdown of what the new BCS standings mean:

What does the BCS national championship picture look like now?

Essentially, it's simple. Assuming No. 2 West Virginia takes care of Pittsburgh this weekend, it comes down to the Big 12 Championship.

If OU beats No. 1 Missouri, No. 3 Ohio State would face West Virginia in the national title.

If Missouri beats OU, then the Tigers would face West Virginia.

That's why the biggest Sooner fans outside Oklahoma this week hail from Ohio.

Do the Sooners still have a chance of making the BCS national championship?

At best, it's a long shot, though mathematically possible. OU would probably need West Virginia, LSU, Virginia Tech and USC to all lose in their season finales this weekend.

If that somehow happened and OU defeated Missouri, the Sooners probably would face Ohio State in the championship game.

More likely, OU can take solace in sending the school from Bob Stoops' home state of Ohio to the national title by knocking out Missouri.

Can OU still make a BCS game as at-large berth?

Probably not. It's doubtful that the Fiesta Bowl or the Orange Bowl would take a three-loss OU over a one-loss Kansas, which would also be ranked higher in the BCS if the Sooners lose in the Big 12 Championship.

Only two teams from one league can advance to BCS games unless all three are ranked in the BCS top six.


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