Bummer Sooner: K-State Upset Denies Texas BCS Bowl

If Longhorns everywhere could agree to cheer just one night for Oklahoma, the least the Sooners could do was win its damn football game. But Kansas State’s (11-3) dominating 35-7 upset of top-ranked OU (12-1) in the Big 12 Championship Game Saturday sends the Wildcats to the Fiesta Bowl and sends Texas to…well…

This much we know: at the end of the day, Texas will be a No. 5 team without a BCS bowl.

The K-State upset will likely send Texas to the Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30 in San Diego, against PAC-10 representative Washington State. It’s almost unthinkable that Texas would drop to the Alamo Bowl, played Dec. 29 in San Antonio, against a Big 10 also-ran. And yet there are plenty who say both Holiday Bowl and Cotton Bowl officials might pass on Texas because those are the only bowls Texas has been to during the past five years.

For weeks, Cotton Bowl officials have expressed heightened interest in Oklahoma State as its Big 12 choice to face No. 17 Ole Miss and Heisman candidate QB Eli Manning. Earlier this week, however, I received an email from UT athletic officials alerting me to Sunday’s Cotton Bowl team selection teleconference (raising the supposition that Texas might spend another New Year’s in Dallas). Kickoff this year has been moved to 1 p.m. (CST), January 2.

For the fourth time in six years, Texas will have beaten during the regular season the eventual Big 12 champion only to land in a second tier bowl. The Horns, of course, beat Kansas State, 24-20, in Austin on Oct. 4.

The championship is the first for the Wildcat program since 1934 and comes in head coach Bill Snyder’s 15th season. RB Darren Sproles shredded the Sooner defense for 235 yards while QB Ell Roberson tossed four TDs.

Sports analysts have said all week that Oklahoma could lose this game and still play for the national title in the Sugar Bowl, Jan. 4 (because the BCS computer ratings do not consider margin of victory). What that means is OU will likely drop to No. 3 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls but still have enough BCS points to play for the national title against either LSU or USC.

"I’m not gonna sit here and lobby, we just got our butt kicked," OU head coach Bob Stoops during the post-game press conference.

It also sets up the possibility that USC could finish atop the polls but still not qualify for the national title game.

Regardless of which teams end up in the championship game, Mack Brown and Texas will remain BCS-less for the sixth consecutive season.


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