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Texas A&M still has a long-shot chance to get into the Big 12 championship game. Coach Mike Sherman isn’t concerning himself with how that could happen.
“I don’t get into all the math and probabilities,” Sherman said Monday.
Both divisions of the Big 12 remain unsettled headed into the final week of the regular season, the last before significant changes in the league.
There could be a three-way tie in the South division, and an anticipated farewell appearance by Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game could be derailed.
The 17th-ranked Aggies (8-3, 5-2 Big 12), who could be part of three-way tie in the South, are coming off a 9-6 victory over Nebraska that prevented the No. 16 Cornhuskers (9-2, 5-2) from clinching the North title before it heads to the Big Ten next season.
Nebraska is home Friday to play Colorado (5-6, 2-5), which has won consecutive games since coach Dan Hawkins was fired.
“This week is the next challenge for us,” Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini said during the Big 12 coaches weekly teleconference. “It just turns out there’s a lot on the line.”
If the Cornhuskers lose and 15th-ranked Missouri beats archrival Kansas, the Tigers would go to the Big 12 championship game.
“We’re not really going to talk about that,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “We’re much better off just focusing on Kansas itself, and take all the other stuff completely out and put our preparation on this game.”
Texas A&M goes into its Thanksgiving night rivalry game at Texas knowing if it wins its sixth consecutive game, and then Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State two nights later, there will be a three-way tie atop the South Division.
“The most important thing for us is to worry about the University of Texas and playing a great game,” Sherman said. “I’d be pretty proud of our team if we could win Thursday night. … After that, we’ll just see what happens, see what they tell us we can do.”
No. 10 Oklahoma State (10-1, 6-1) wins the South title outright if the Cowboys can break a seven-game losing streak in the Bedlam rivalry against No. 14 Oklahoma (9-2, 5-2).
The Sooners are coming off a 53-24 victory at Baylor, getting an impressive road win after losing their previous two games away from home.
“The bottom line is we played well, players made plays when they had opportunities,” coach Bob Stoops said. “We’ve done that the last couple of weeks, so our confidence is great right now. Our guys feel really good about what they’re doing and excited about the opportunity that’s in front of them.”
In the case of a three-way tie in the South, the BCS standings would determine which team goes to the Big 12’s last scheduled championship game Dec. 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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