Six Wins Not a Simple Task

Big 12 football teams have past the half-way mark and are now heading home. For some, a national title remains the goal. For others, reaching one of the league's seven other bowl games would be accomplishment enough.

Seven, five, six.

Those are the magic numbers as the 2008 college football season has completed seven weeks, have five to go, with each team trying to reach the magic number of six victories, which makes them bowl-eligible.

The Big 12 Conference is under contract with a total of eight bowls, which includes one position in the Bowl Championship Series that goes to the winner of the North-South championship game.

With No. 1 Texas, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 8 Texas Tech with a combined record of 27-1, it's likely that the Big 12 will get two entries into the BCS format.

The question is, will the league have enough six- to seven-win teams to fill the remaining spots.

The dominating South, with four teams ranked among the top eight teams in the nation, already have Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech with 7-0 records, while Oklahoma, ranked No. 4 in the nation, is 6-1.

Likely, those will be the lone teams to reach six wins from the South.

In the North, Missouri and Kansas each need one win, while Kansas State, Colorado and Nebraska each need two.

Most would consider Mizzou the favorite to win the North with remaining games against Colorado, at Baylor, K-State, at Iowa State and Kansas (Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium).

The question is whether K-State, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska manufacture two more wins? Kansas: Texas Tech, KSU, at NU, Texas, MU.

None of those are guaranteed victories. K-State: OU, at KU, at MU, NU, ISU. It may come down to the last game of the year.

Nebraska: Baylor, at OU, KU, at KSU, CU. Again, it may come down to the very end.

Colorado: at MU, at A&M, ISU, OSU, at NU. Probably stands the best chance of all the four-win teams.

After the BCS positions are filled, here's a look at the rest of the postseason opportunities. Cotton Bowl, Jan 2, Dallas, Texas

Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, San Diego, Calif.

* Gator Bowl, Jan. 1, Jacksonville, Fla.

Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, San Antonio, Texas

* Sun Bowl, Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas

Insight Bowl, Dec. 31, Tempe, Ariz.

Independence Bowl, Dec. 28, Shreveport, La.

Texas Bowl, Dec. 30, Houston, Texas

* Either/or Since winning the 2003 Big 12 title and playing in the Fiesta Bowl, Kansas State has played in December only once with that being in 2006 at the Texas Bowl in what would be a 7-6 season. Since 2003, K-State is just 25-29, which includes a 4-3 mark this fall.

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