Bowl Projections| Sooners Up To #10 In Latest Coaches Poll - BCS Berth Seems More Probable

Brett Deering

Did Oklahoma use Bedlam to bust into the BCS?

One of my sources told me early this morning that Oklahoma to a BCS bowl is a, "done deal." The most likely scenario is that the Sooners will be traveling to the Big Easy to take on Alabama (this is all over the internet) but there's also a chance that the Orange Bowl would take OU against Clemson and send Ohio State to the Sugar. Regardless, it appears that this bowl season is going to bring a whole lot more prestige than we thought it was going to be a couple of weeks ago.

The main issue that Oklahoma was looking at is that they had to get at least a top 14 ranking in the final BCS standings. With the latest Coaches Poll just being released it appears as if that won't be an issue at all. The Sooners took a jump up to #10 in the poll and are now the second highest ranked Big Twelve school (Baylor #5).

Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Florida State
Seminoles
13-0 1550 62 1 1/12
2 Auburn
Tigers
12-1 1486 0 3 1 2/NR
3 Alabama
Crimson Tide
11-1 1414 0 4 1 1/4
4 Michigan State
Spartans
12-1 1342 0 9 5 4/NR
5 Baylor
Bears
11-1 1275 0 7 2 4/NR
6 Ohio State
Buckeyes
12-1 1211 0 2 4 2/6
7 Stanford
Cardinal
11-2 1188 0 10 3 4/13
8 South Carolina
Gamecocks
10-2 1108 0 7 1 6/20
9 Missouri
Tigers
11-2 1088 0 5 4 5/NR
10 Oklahoma
Sooners
10-2 913 0 15 5 8/18
11 Clemson
Tigers
10-2 899 0 11 4/11
12 Oregon
Ducks
10-2 887 0 12 2/12
13 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
10-2 845 0 6 7 6/20
14 LSU
Tigers
9-3 719 0 14 6/19
15 Central Florida
Knights
11-1 658 0 17 2 15/NR
16 Louisville
Cardinals
11-1 611 0 16 6/17
17 Arizona State
Sun Devils
10-3 602 0 13 4 13/NR
18 UCLA
Bruins
9-3 520 0 19 1 10/22
19 Wisconsin
Badgers
9-3 408 0 21 2 14/NR
20 Fresno State
Bulldogs
11-1 344 0 22 2 13/NR
21 Duke
Blue Devils
10-3 247 0 20 1 20/NR
21 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-4 247 0 25 4 6/25
23 Northern Illinois
Huskies
12-1 149 0 18 5 18/NR
24 Georgia
Bulldogs
8-4 135 0 NR 5/NR
25 Miami
Hurricanes
9-3 73 0 NR 6/NR

The great news for the Big Twelve is that the conference is looking at two schools participating in BCS bowls with Baylor taking the conference tie in at the Fiesta Bowl. The Bears are looking at a match-up against Central Florida which would essentially make OU vs. Alabama/Clemson the marquee bowl game for the conference. As for the rest of the Big Twelve, here's a look at some potential match-ups.

Big Twelve Bowl Possibilities

December 28th - Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Kansas State vs. Minnesota

December 30th - Alamo Bowl: #13 Oklahoma State vs. #12 Oregon

December 30th - Holiday Bowl: Texas Tech vs. #17 Arizona State

January 1st - Fiesta Bowl: #5 Baylor vs. #15 Central Florida

January 2nd - Sugar Bowl: #10 Oklahoma vs. #3 Alabama

January 3rd - Cotton Bowl: Texas vs. #21 Texas A&M

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