No. 3 Oklahoma’s 65-21 win over Texas Tech on Saturday has created a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South that will be settled by the Big 12 championship game. Thanks to the rule that doesn’t allow a conference to have more than two teams in the big five bowls, either Texas, Texas Tech or Oklahoma will be left out.
Don’t count out Texas Tech yet because there are still games to be played, and with the way the BCS system works, we could be seeing any of the top five teams in the title game. Despite being ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP and USA Today polls, Florida stayed at No. 4 in the BCS this week after a dominating 70-19 win over unranked Citadel.
Following close behind Florida is No. 5 USC who had a bye this past weekend. However, things are looking up for Trojan fans because Oregon State may be the winner of the Pac-10 conference, meaning that USC is likely to see a stronger Big 12 team for a more entertaining game. No. 17 Oregon State surprisingly sneaked past Arizona, and if they can win their last game against local rival the Oregon Ducks, Oregon State will be the Pac-10 champion and head to the Rose Bowl.
For those who question the effectiveness of the BCS system, you may have a point in the projected Rose Bowl game we are likely to see. If Oregon State wins next week they will meet the eighth ranked Big 10 winner the Nittany Lions who already beat them 45-14 earlier this season.
Keep an eye on the Pac-10, Big 12 and SEC to find out who will fight their way into the five bowl games. ESPN bowl predictors both see Florida playing in the title game. But against who is the question? Stay tuned to see who can maneuver their way in the last few games to make the final cut to Miami in January.