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Oklahoma out of BCS, will play Texas A&M in Cotton Bowl

Oklahoma, squeezed out of a BCS at-large bid by upstart Northern Illinois, will instead play in the Cotton Bowl on January 4, 2013, an OU athletic department source told The Oklahoman. Texas A&M will be OU's opponent.
by Jason Kersey Modified: December 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm •  Published: December 2, 2012


photo - Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops waves to the crowd after a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Oklahoma won 24-17. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops waves to the crowd after a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU) at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Oklahoma won 24-17. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Saturday, unranked Wisconsin upset No. 12 Nebraska to win the Big 10 championship and a Rose Bowl berth.

Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Syracuse all tied for the Big East title.

The UCLA, Nebraska and Kent State losses were all enough to lift Northern Illinois into the top-16, according to the SI report, and because they'll be ranked above the Big East and Big 10 champions, the Huskies get an automatic BCS berth.

Despite not winning their respective conferences, Florida and Oregon are both ensured BCS berths because of their top-5 BCS rankings.

Northern Illinois and Florida State (ACC champion) will meet in the Orange Bowl; the Big East representative — likely Louisville — and Florida will play in the Sugar Bowl; Stanford (Pac-12 champion) and Wisconsin (Big 10 champion) will play in the Rose Bowl; and Kansas State (Big 12 co-champion) and Oregon will head to the Fiesta Bowl.

With No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama meeting for the national championship, no at-large BCS spots are available for the Sooners.

Against Texas A&M, the Sooners will face Johnny Manziel, a freshman quarterback whose eye-popping statistics and valliant performance in an upset win at then-No. 1 Alabama made him a national fan favorite.

Texas A&M is in its first year as a Southeastern Conference school; the Aggies bolted the Big 12 after last season.

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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