NORMAN — The bowl possibilities for Oklahoma, with its two current losses, are aplenty.
If the Sooners do end up in a BCS bowl game, it is almost certain to be the Fiesta or Rose Bowl. Scenarios by which Oklahoma plays in the Orange Bowl or the Sugar Bowl are far-fetched and highly improbable.
Here is a look at what would have to happen for the Sooners to end their season in the Fiesta Bowl, the Rose Bowl or out of the BCS altogether.
Some conference's champions are contractually obligated to play in certain bowl games — the Big 10 and Pac-12 champions are tied to the Rose Bowl, as the Big 12 is to the Fiesta Bowl, the ACC to the Orange and the SEC to the Sugar — provided those schools aren't playing in the national title game.
If any of those conference champions finish ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings, the corresponding bowls get the first and second selections among other automatic qualifiers and at-large candidates.
Should Kansas State clinch a title-game berth, Oklahoma would likely be Arizona-bound, snatched up by the Fiesta Bowl as a solid Big 12 replacement for the Wildcats.
If, in that scenario, Kansas State's BCS title game opponent is anyone other than Notre Dame, a Sooners vs. Irish rematch in Glendale, Ariz., is entirely possible.
The Fiesta Bowl would get two picks in a row — the first from losing the Big 12 champion, and the second because the Fiesta Bowl was already slated to select first this year among the remaining automatic qualifiers and at-large candidates.
If Oregon rises into the BCS standings' top 2 by the end of the regular season, the strict traditionalists in Pasadena, Calif., might get a matchup of historic powers instead of its preferred Big 10 vs. Pac-12 tilt.
With Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for postseason play, Nebraska is the odds-on favorite to win the Big 10 and, as such, be the conference's BCS representative.
It's plausible that another Pac-12 team would meet the necessary requirements as a BCS at-large team — at least nine wins and a BCS ranking of No. 14 or higher. Oregon State is currently ranked No. 11, Stanford No. 14 and USC No. 17, but any of those teams winning out seems unlikely.
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.