Oklahoma, Oklahoma State headed to Texas for bowls

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will each wrap up their 2012-13 football seasons in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on or after New Year's Day.
by Jason Kersey and Gina Mizell Published: December 2, 2012

On Friday, then-No. 21 Northern Illinois beat 17th-ranked Kent State in the MAC championship game.

The same weekend, two other teams ranked above Northern Illinois lost, elevating the Huskies to No. 15 and above the Big East and Big 10 champions.

While Oklahoma was beating TCU on Saturday, Oklahoma State was two hours south of them in Waco, dropping its second straight game to end the regular season.

The Cowboys, who a little more than a week ago were still in the discussion for a BCS at-large berth, finished the regular season 7-5 (5-4 Big 12), including back-to-back losses at Oklahoma and Baylor in their final two games.

Though OSU finished tied with Texas for third in the Big 12 standings, the Cowboys were part of a logjam of five conference teams with 7-5 record; Oklahoma State ultimately became the one to slide the furthest.

The pecking order fell like this: TCU to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Baylor to the Holiday Bowl, Texas Tech to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Houston and West Virginia to the Pinstripe Bowl.

OSU went 3-1 against those teams, but bowl selections are often about politics, taking into account expected fan travel, geography, a marketable matchup and other factors.

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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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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