By Wendell Barnhouse | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday’s Bowl Championship Series rankings provided the final piece to the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship puzzle. Based on the BCS standings, Oklahoma gets the edge in the South Division tiebreaker and will face Nebraska at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M each finished 6-2 in conference play and each team had victories over the others. The fifth level (BCS standings) of the Big 12 tiebreaker had to be used to break the tie. Oklahoma is No. 9 in this week’s BCS standings, Oklahoma State is No. 14 and Texas A&M is No. 18.
Nebraska, ranked No. 13 in the BCS standings, and Missouri each finished 6-2 in the North Division but the Huskers had the head-to-head tiebreaker edge on the Tigers – a 31-17 victory on Oct. 30. Missouri is No. 12 in the BCS standings.
Oklahoma and Nebraska have made the most appearances in the Big 12 Championship game. This will be the eight time for the Sooners and the sixth for the Huskers. Ironically, the teams have met in the Championship game just once before. Oklahoma defeated Nebraska, 21-7, in the 2006 Big 12 Championship game.
With Nebraska departing to the Big Ten Conference and Colorado leaving for the Pacific-10 Conference after this season, this will be the final Big 12 Championship game as the Conference moves on with 10 members. Having a Huskers-Sooners title game harkens back to the glory days for both schools.
In the old Big Eight Conference, from 1971 through 1995 Nebraska won 10 outright championships, Oklahoma won eight. Three times the schools were Big Eight co-champions.
"It doesn't get any better than Oklahoma and Nebraska for the Big 12 championship,” Sooners linebacker Travis Lewis said after Saturday’s 47-41 Bedlam victory over Oklahoma State. “The rivalry goes way back to even before the Big 12 started. Who better to play than Nebraska?"