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Around the Big XII 11-11

Let's take a look at what happened in that part of the Big XII where Aundry Where had no say.

Oklahoma State 66 - Baylor 24

The Cowboys are bowl eligible, and boy did they do it in style.  The Cowboys had 510 total yards, 387 of them coming on the ground, and they forced 6 turnovers, as they eliminated the upstart Bears from bowl consideration for this season.  Oklahoma State scored it's most points since a 70-7 victory over Southern Illinois in 1973, and the first ever in conference play, though for the entire Big XII one must only go back to last year's Big XII championship.  The Bears had promise, but losing Enemy of the Nation, Shawn Bell, was a killer.

Colorado 33 - Iowa State 16

And they have two.  Colorado scored on their first seven possessions to make the worst team in the Big XII at least a debate, though losing to Montana State digs you a hard hole to climb out of.  Dan McCarney's last road game as Cyclones coach could have gone better.  Said McCarney after the game, "They played like a team that's won a lot of games."

Nebraska 28 - Texas A&M - 27

Nebraska is officially in the Big XII championship game and A&M is officially not.  Nebraska accumulated its customary halftime lead before squandering it, but this time the Huskers decided they'd fight back and win.  I thought it was over when Mark Dodge intercepted Zac Taylor's pass with 2:50 remaining, but the Aggies had a field goal blocked and the Huskers drove down the field to pull out a one point lead.  This just in, Dennis Franchione still can't beat a good team to save his life.

Oklahoma 34 - Texas Tech 24

Alright, we get it, god, you hate Oklahoma, but how many running backs must suffer?  Allen Patrick sat this game out with an injury to his right ankle, and the Sooners finally decided to put the game on Paul Thompson's shoulders, but the game was iced by 4th string quarterback Chris Brown, who ran for touchdowns of 40 and 2 to put the Sooners up and ice the game over the up and down Raiders. Oklahoma still has an outside chance of a Big XII championship berth if they win out and Texas loses to A&M.  Conversely Texas can clinch the Big XII South title if Oklahoma loses to Baylor next week. That'll happen.

The Outlier

The Kansas Jayhawks, idle this weekend, sit at 5-5 and can reach bowl eligibility with a win against the inimitable Kansas State or Missouri, but the Big XII already has eight bowl eligible teams for its eight bowl tie-ins.  What will happen to Kansas?  If no conferences fail to fulfill their bowl contracts, which is a lot easier with that extra game, Kansas could very well be shut out of the bowls, and they'll have only one person to blame, Kevin Weiberg.  How dare you Mr. Weiberg?  Could you not see that 8 bowls for a 12 team conference is clearly not enough?  O, and society, we can always blame society.

Progressively Less Tentative Bowl Projections

Fiesta         Texas
Cotton        Oklahoma
Holiday       Nebraska
Alamo         A&M
Sun            Missouri
Insight        Kansas State
Independence    Tech/OSU winner
Texas        Tech/OSU loser