Several Big 12 teams have had impressive seasons, with Collin Klein and Kansas State leading the way. While the Wildcats will be hoping for a spot in the national championship game, the other Big 12 standouts will also get their chance to impress in a Bowl Game.
KSU is the only undefeated team in the conference and has been tried and tested against the best teams the Big 12 has thrown at it. With wins over Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech, Kansas State has definitively proved it is the class of the conference.
But these other teams are fighting for spots in the higher profile Bowl Games, and all these programs will be intensely motivated for their remaining matchups.
Here is how the top of the Big 12 standings will shape up and which game each team will play in to end its season.
Note: Bowl matchups courtesy of CBSSports.com
Kansas State—Fiesta Bowl
The Wildcats will be the only team from the conference to find its way into a BCS Bowl Game after finishing out its regular season schedule without a loss. At this point in the year, there is no team left that is capable of taking down KSU.
Unfortunately for Bill Snyder’s team, Oregon’s remaining schedule—which is more difficult than Kansas State’s—will allow the Ducks to jump the Wildcats in the standings and face Alabama in the national championship game.
The fine season from Collin Klein and KSU will reaffirm the NCAA’s decision to institute a playoff system, but the senior quarterback will have to deal with disappointment this year.
The Fiesta Bowl will be an adequate consolation prize for the team, and it will still be able to impress by maintaining its perfect record.
The Sooners are still chasing Kansas State after losing to the Big 12 leader in their third game of the of the year.
Despite the disappointing loss, Oklahoma has recorded a few impressive victories over its other conference opponents. Landry Jones and the offense flexed its muscles in big wins over Texas Tech and Texas immediately after the loss to KSU.
While the Wildcats are a cut above the competition in the Big 12, the Sooners have entrenched themselves as the second-best team.
The No. 2 spot in the conference will land the Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. While it is not where the team pictured itself finishing at the start of the year, it will still provide Oklahoma with an opportunity to cap off another successful year.
The No. 3 team in the Big 12 will land in the Alamo Bowl, and this will be a race between Texas and Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns have to end their schedule against Kansas State, but the Cowboys will face a brutal stretch of games as it takes on West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma in successive weeks.
OSU is put at a further disadvantage due to its loss to Texas earlier in the season. If the teams end up tied in the standings, the Longhorns will rank higher because of this win.
In the end, Texas will be able to squeak by the Cowboys to finish third in the Big 12.