It's official: It's Bedlam week. How insane is it that a No. 3 (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 10 (Oklahoma) matchup is actually a letdown?
This was supposed to be a game that pitted two of the top-three teams in the nation against each other—both undefeated—and the winner was supposed to play LSU for the national championship. At least, that's what many predicted would happen halfway through the season.
Unfortunately, the dreams of a possible winner-take-all matchup were dashed after Oklahoma's surprising home loss against an unranked Texas Tech team. However, after Oklahoma bounced back with big wins against Kansas State and Texas A&M, the Bedlam hype started looking good again.
Then it really turned sour. Two weekends ago, Oklahoma State went on the road as the No. 2 team in the nation and lost to an unranked Iowa State team. The next night, Oklahoma went on the road as the No. 5 team in the nation and lost to No. 22 Baylor.
So here we are with a No. 3 vs. No. 10 matchup with virtually no national championship hopes whatsoever. Oklahoma State would have to absolutely destroy Oklahoma to get voters' attention away from an LSU vs. Alabama rematch, but that doesn't mean that Bedlam has absolutely nothing riding on it anymore.
The winner will still be named the Big 12 champion and will be awarded a BCS berth in the Fiesta Bowl against an at-large opponent. The loser will be forced to play in a non-BCS bowl, such as the Cotton Bowl or the Alamo Bowl.
Here are some possible bowl game matchups for the Sooners, win or lose.