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December 2, 2012

Northern Illinois knocks OU out of BCS bowl

NORMAN — When Oklahoma got on the bus Saturday, it believed it was heading to the Sugar Bowl. By Sunday night, it was making plans to face No. 10 Texas A&M on Jan. 4 in the Cotton Bowl.

What changed for the 12th-ranked Sooners?

BCS rules and several things that were beyond their control on Saturday.

The Sooners (10-2, 8-1 Big 12) are the Big 12 co-champions along with Kansas State. The Wildcats earned the Big 12's automatic BCS berth to the Fiesta Bowl because of their 24-19 win over the Sooners on Sept. 22.

OU believed it would receive an at-large bid to the Sugar Bowl. That spot, however, dried up when MAC champion Northern Illinois managed to jump seven spots to No. 15 in the BCS standings in the final week.

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