Oklahoma football: Notre Dame, OU could meet again — this time in the Fiesta Bowl

Depending on how the rest of the regular season goes, the Sooners could play the Irish again or Nebraska
by Jason Kersey Published: October 31, 2012

If a first- or second-ranked Oregon is the only Pac-12 team that is BCS eligible, the Rose Bowl would be forced out of its preferred format. In that case, the Rose Bowl would almost certainly grab Notre Dame if possible.

If the Irish aren't an option, a Rose Bowl rekindling of the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry might have to suffice.

In his most recent BCS projections, ESPN.com analyst Brad Edwards predicted an OU-Nebraska Rose Bowl.

OUT OF THE BCS

Oklahoma's quickest way out of a 2012-13 BCS appearance is by losing another game, which isn't at all impossible.

But lots of the Sooners' BCS scenarios also depend on old foe Boise State, the Big 10 champion and Pac-12 teams other than Oregon.

The highest-ranking mid-major becomes an automatic BCS qualifier if it finishes ranked in the top 12, or in the top 16 while also ranked higher than the champion of one of the six automatic berth leagues.

Boise State opened its season with a loss to Michigan State, but hasn't lost since. The Broncos are currently No. 19 in the BCS, and seem unlikely to lose any of the remaining games on their schedule.

Nebraska is No. 20, and if the Cornhuskers win the Big 10 and stay ranked behind Boise, the Broncos would likely be in, taking up another spot that could be the Sooners'.

The toughest scenario for a two-loss Oklahoma team is an Alabama-Notre Dame championship game, with Boise State automatically qualified. Then, there would only be one at-large spot available; it would probably be for a slot opposite Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, and it's very unlikely bowl executives or the Big 12 would go for an OU-KSU rematch.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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