When 10th-ranked Oklahoma State and No. 12 Oklahoma play their Bedlam rivalry game Saturday night, the South Division title and a spot in the Big 12 championship game will be at stake.
The Cowboys (10-1, 6-1) already have their first 10-win season
and a share of the division title after a 48-14 win at Kansas on
Saturday. They claim the South outright and go to their first Big
12 championship game if they beat Oklahoma.
Oklahoma (9-2, 5-2) has been to seven of the last 10 Big 12
championship games and has won the last seven Bedlam games. If the
Sooners win and No. 17 Texas A&M beats Texas, it will be a
three-way tie. Then, the team ranked highest in the BCS goes to the
conference title game.
• Should A&M defeat Texas and Oklahoma defeat Oklahoma State, the South will finish in a three-way tie. In this case, Big 12 rules state that the BCS Standings would be used to break a three-way tie.
• The BCS Standings released Nov. 28 would be used to break the three-way tie and decide the South Division representative in the Big 12 Championship game. The team ranked highest in the BCS Standings would be the South Division representative.
• However, there is a change to the tiebreaker rule that could bring in head-to-head results. If separated by one place in the BCS Standings, the Big 12 team ranked second could become Division representative in the championship game if it won the regular-season head-to-head meeting with the team ranked higher in the BCS Standings.
Big 12 three-way tie-breaker rule:
If three or more teams are tied, steps 1 through 7 will be followed until a determination is made. If only two teams remain tied after any step, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative.
1.Records will be compared against each other.
2.Records will be compared within their division.
3.Records will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division in order of finish (4, 5 and 6).
4.Records will be compared against all common conference opponents.
5.The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series poll following the completion of Big 12 regular season conference play shall be the representative in the Big 12 Championship Game, unless two of the tied teams are ranked within one spot of the other in the BCS poll. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the Big 12 Championship Game.
6.The team with the best overall winning percentage (excluding exempted games) shall be the representative.
7.The representative will be chosen by draw.