Big 12 championship tickets are now available in Dallas. However, the Big 12 championship isn’t fully complete yet, since they can’t list the matchup until tonight. Nebraska clinched a spot in the game for the second straight year, but their opponent is still in question. This is because there is now a three-way tie in the Southern division, which will be settled by the BCS standings. Still, most now expect the Big 12 championship tickets will be used for a showdown between Nebraska and Oklahoma.
The Cornhuskers clinched their berth on their second try, by throttling Colorado on Friday afternoon. As for the race in the South, Oklahoma State could have clinched a spot by defeating Oklahoma last night. If not, then Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M would be in a three-way tie.
However, Oklahoma believes they have punched their Big 12 championship tickets, by defeating Oklahoma State, 47-41. The Cowboys could have won their first division title, but a wild fourth quarter favored the Sooners, who are back to where they are accustomed.
When the BCS standings come out, Oklahoma is expected to jump Oklahoma State, and stay ahead of surging Texas A&M. If the Sooners are more than one spot ahead of the Cowboys, they will win the South, and face Nebraska next week. If they’re only one spot ahead, then the confusing tiebreaker rules would give the Aggies a shot, since they defeated the Sooners.
But most expect that Oklahoma will be comfortably ahead of both teams, and head back to Dallas. The Big 12 championship tickets would then be claimed by Sooners fans for the first time since 2008 – when they won the South in another three-way tiebreak.
This time, however, there are no real national championship implications, since the Sooners and Cornhuskers already lost twice. For once, the conference title game will not impact the BCS title race, as this is just to get into a major bowl. Both Nebraska and Oklahoma had higher hopes, but they were dashed with upset losses.
Nevertheless, the Big 12 championship will mark a historic occasion, as this is the last one before realignment next year. Nebraska will be leaving for the Big Ten after this season, so this is their final game in the conference. Therefore, it is almost fitting that they would face their greatest Big 8 rival at the end.
For those who aren’t Nebraska and Oklahoma alumni, tickets for the Big 12 championship are still available via Ticketmaster, before the big game Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.
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