This has been an up-and-down season for the Oklahoma Sooners.
A team that looked lost against two of the three ranked teams it has played against is now 7-2 on the year and has a shot of appearing in a BCS bowl for the third time in five years. Oklahoma is fresh off a 42-34 victory over Baylor and will look to win the remaining three games of the regular season, positioning itself for a big game.
Despite all of the injuries, question marks and struggles this team has faced throughout the year, here is how the Sooners could reach a BCS bowl in 2012.
BCS Fiesta Bowl
A bowl that looked impossible to reach just last week has now opened up as a serious possibility for the Sooners. With Alabama losing to the Texas A&M Aggies, Kansas State will now become one of the favorites to surprisingly reach the BCS National Championship Game. Of course, we still can't count out Alabama, as the Crimson Tide still have a shot to reach the title game, but the Wildcats make a terrific argument if they run the table.
The BCS Fiesta Bowl does receive the Big 12 champion, but if Kansas State is in the BCS National Championship Game, Oklahoma would be selected as the next best option.
This would be Oklahoma's fourth appearance in this particular bowl and could possibly set up a rematch against a Notre Dame team that embarrassed the Sooners earlier in the year.
BCS Sugar Bowl
Let's assume Kansas State gets snubbed from the national championship. It could be because of an SEC team jumping the Wildcats, Kansas State losing a game or because undefeated Notre Dame and Oregon programs are considered a better matchup in the eyes of the BCS.
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This would then place Kansas State in the BCS Fiesta Bowl as the Big 12 champions. It would then make Oklahoma available for a bowl to select as an at-large bid.
If Notre Dame doesn't reach the national championship, the BCS Fiesta Bowl would likely select the Irish with the first choice at an at-large bid. The BCS Sugar Bowl has the second choice for an at-large selection and would probably pick the Sooners as the top powerhouse program available to choose from.
This would be the second time that Oklahoma would appear in the BCS Sugar Bowl and could possibly set up a rematch of the 2008 national championship game against the Florida Gators.
Regardless of which two games Oklahoma ends up playing in, as long as the Sooners win the remaining three games, and finish with a record of 10-2, they should be in a BCS bowl once again.