With Missouri's loss on Saturday, there's an intriguing scenario brewing on the bowl front.
It's far from a given, but Missouri and Nebraska should be favored to both finish 4-0 over the next month.
That would mean both teams sit at 11-1 heading into championship weekend, with the Huskers advancing via the head-to-head tiebreaker.
But what if Nebraska loses to Oklahoma?
You'd have a two-loss Nebraska team and a one-loss Missouri that would likely be very close in the BCS standings and both in the top 10, depending on the severity of the loss.
Conventional wisdom says Nebraska gets a BCS at-large nod on the strength of its reputation for fan travel (never underestimate the role of the almighty dollar in bowl selection) and general program prestige.
But maybe not. In 2007, Missouri beat Kansas on the season's final weekend before losing in the Big 12 title game to Oklahoma as the nation's No. 1 team. One-loss Kansas was sent to the Orange Bowl, where it beat Virginia Tech. Two-loss Missouri was relegated to the Cotton Bowl. Head-to-head is head-to-head, but two losses are greater than one. There's a pretty solid argument for either team.
Missouri has felt slighted for the past three seasons after the bowl selection process, landing in the Cotton, Alamo and Texas bowls, in part adding to some of the Tigers' desire to leave for the Big Ten over the summer. Could a fourth be in the works? Either way, if both teams finish 11-1 and Nebraska loses the Big 12 title game, one team is going to be pretty dissatisfied with the bowl outcome.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. BCS at-large
FedEx Orange Bowl: Nebraska vs. BCS
AT&T Cotton Bowl: Missouri vs. SEC
Valero Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Pac-10
Insight Bowl: Baylor vs. Big Ten
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Kansas State vs. Pac-10
Texas Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Big Ten
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State vs. Big East
Dallas Football Classic: Texas A&M vs. Big Ten
New Mexico Bowl: Iowa State vs. WAC