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BCS standings 2012: Texas static, but other happenings open BCS door to Longhorns

The door to a BCS bowl for the Longhorns isn't shut yet.

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

The Texas Longhorns enjoyed a bye on Saturday after win over the Iowa State Cyclones two weeks ago. While idle, Texas dropped one spot in the BCS rankings to No. 16, switching spots with Oregon State. But the Longhorns are still eyeing a BCS bowl, as Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation explains.

This is possible because of the Baylor Bears' dismantling of the then-No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. With one conference loss, the Wildcats are now vulnerable to miss the Big 12 title with a season-ending loss against the Longhorns.

That's just one obstacle on the path to a BCS bid, however. The Oklahoma Sooners, a team which beat Texas 63-21, also stand in Mack Brown's way. The Sooners close their season against Oklahoma State (7-3) and TCU (6-4). A loss in either of those games knocks Oklahoma down to two conference losses as well.

It still wouldn't guarantee Texas a BCS bowl bid, with tiebreakers then in play. But it is possible. As Burnt Orange Nation reminds Texas fans, though: "Of course, for the Longhorns to come home with a third Big 12 title under Mack Brown, they need to take care of business to end of the season, including pulling out a victory over Kansas State for the first time since 2003."

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