Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Big 12 race update: Week 14
By Jake Trotter
Oklahoma State took command of the Big 12 race with a dominant 49-17 victory over Baylor. But the conference race isn’t over yet. And the Bears could still win the conference outright.
Here’s how the conference chase shapes up going into the final two weeks of the season:
Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12): The Cowboys can secure their second Big 12 championship with a victory over Oklahoma on Dec. 7. The Pokes would also get the league’s automatic BCS bowl berth, owning the head-to-head advantage over the Baylor-Texas winner.
Baylor (9-1, 6-1): Because the Big 12 recognizes co-champions, the Bears still could claim a share of the conference title just by beating TCU and Texas. To get the automatic BCS bowl berth and win the conference outright, however, Baylor would also need the Cowboys to lose to Oklahoma.
Texas (7-3, 6-1): Like Baylor, the Longhorns could gain a share of the Big 12 title by beating Texas Tech and Baylor, though that wouldn’t give the Horns the automatic BCS bowl berth, too. To get that, Texas would also need Oklahoma State to lose Bedlam on top of the Horns winning out.
Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2): While a long shot, there is a scenario that would net the Sooners a co-championship. First, OU would need to beat Oklahoma State. Then, the Sooners would need either Baylor or Texas to lose this week. And after that, OU would need the team that lost to beat the other in their season finale. That would create a four-way tie (or three-way tie, if both Baylor and Texas lost this week) at the top, handing the Sooners a share of the crown. In this scenario, Oklahoma State would still get the BCS bowl berth because of its head-to-head tiebreaker advantages.