Oklahoma football: OU officials discuss possible trade from Fiesta Bowl to Sugar Bowl

Call it desert fatigue. The Sooners have played bowl games in Greater Phoenix four of the previous six seasons. But the only way the Sooners can earn the Fiesta Bowl automatic berth is by beating TCU on Saturday, coupled with a Kansas State loss to Texas.
by Berry Tramel Modified: November 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm •  Published: November 26, 2012


photo - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA (OU) VS LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY (LSU) COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN THE SUPERDOME NEW ORLEANS SUNDAY, JAN 4, 2004. Halftime celebration at the Sugar Bowl.  Staff photo by Steve Sisney
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA (OU) VS LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY (LSU) COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN THE SUPERDOME NEW ORLEANS SUNDAY, JAN 4, 2004. Halftime celebration at the Sugar Bowl. Staff photo by Steve Sisney

A bowl source said bowls still prefer to have the champion stay where they're contractually assigned.

An OU/Sugar swap was discussed a couple of weeks ago, when it appeared Kansas State would run the table and make the national championship game. In that scenario, the Fiesta could have worked a deal with the Sugar by which the Sooners played in New Orleans and an SEC team would have played in Phoenix, a rarity for the Fiesta.

But in that scenario, OU would not have been the Big 12 champ and would have been at-large selection for either the Fiesta or the Sugar.

Of course, Kent State could make it all moot. If 17th-ranked Kent State wins the Mid-American Conference title game Friday night and jumps one spot in the BCS rankings, the Golden Flashes would earn an automatic BCS bowl berth.

No way would the Fiesta then be interested in a trade of any kind, since the offer would be Kent State or the Big East champ (Louisville or Rutgers).

The Sugar Bowl is expected to select fourth-ranked Florida, while the Fiesta Bowl is expected to select fifth-ranked Oregon.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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