Big 12 champion Baylor (11-1, 8-1) heads the list of Big 12 teams who accepted bids on Sunday to play in postseason bowls this holiday season. The Bears finished an 11-1 regular season over the weekend, the school’s first ever 11-win season, with a convincing 30-10 victory over Texas (8-4, 7-2), which had been tied with Baylor and Oklahoma State with one conference loss going into Saturday’s regular-season finales.
Oklahoma’s surprising come-from-behind 33-24 win over Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2) in Stillwater on Saturday not only made it possible for Baylor to win its first Big 12 football championship, but cost the Cowboys a chance to win the conference crown outright and a trip to the BCS Fiesta Bowl, where Baylor is now headed as the Big 12 title holder. The Sooners’ also were beneficiaries of the way the cards fell on college football’s final week of the regular season.
The Big 12, SEC and the Big Ten Conference each placed the maximum two teams from any one conference in BCS bowl games in this, the final season of the BCS selection format. Oklahoma (10-2. 7-2) earned the Big 12’s other BCS bowl bid and will face Alabama Jan. 3 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Six Big 12 teams, all that were bowl-eligible this season with the requisite six or more wins over FBS opponents, will make postseason bowl appearances this month and in early January. Here’s the official bowl game lineup:
Saturday, December 28
Bufalo Wild Wings Bowl, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Kansas State vs. Michigan
Monday, December 30
Valero Alamo Bowl, Alamodone, San Antonio
Texas vs. Oregon
National University Holiday Bowl, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
Texas Tech vs. Arizona State
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Tostitos BCS Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Baylor vs. Central Florida
Thursday, Jan. 2
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdone, New Orleans
Oklahoma vs. Alabama
Friday, Jan. 3
AT&T Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
The combined 2013 season record of the Big 12 six opponents is 60-14.
Four Big 12 teams did not qualify for bowl appearances: West Virginia, TCU, Iowa State and Kansas. A year ago, a record nine Big 12 teams made bowl appearances. Kansas was the only conference team that was not bowl eligible in 2012.
This is the sixth time in the BCS era that the Big 12 has placed two teams in BCS bowls in the same season. Oklahoma has the most BCS bowl appearances among Big 12 teams with nine, the second most in the country.