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

The football programs representing the state's two largest universities can't seem to stay away from each other.

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.

OSU will face Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium, scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 1; the co-Big 12 champion Sooners will meet Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl Classic, played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.

The bowl games, announced Sunday night, come two weeks after a Bedlam shootout in Norman, one week after the schools played regular-season finales within two hours of each other, and a year after each won a Phoenix-area bowl game.

Oklahoma (10-2 overall, 8-1 Big 12) claimed a share of the Big 12 championship with its 24-17 win at TCU in Fort Worth on Saturday.

Because the Sooners and Kansas State finished with identical conference records, they'll share the conference title; Kansas State, though, earned the Big 12's automatic Fiesta Bowl berth by way of its head-to-head victory Sept. 22 in Norman.

Still, the No. 11 Sooners were expected to earn an at-large Sugar Bowl berth and face No. 3 Florida.

OU was ultimately bit by rules designed to provide smaller, worthy programs opportunities to compete in the biggest bowl games.

Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois finished ranked No. 15 in the final BCS Standings, thereby ensuring its berth in — and Oklahoma's exclusion from — a major bowl game.

Champions of the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC automatically qualify for BCS bowl games. But if another, non-automatic qualifying conference champion is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings — or the top 16 and above an AQ conference winner — that program is ensured an BCS berth.

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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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