OK State settles for Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma State was denied a trip to the BCS National Championship Game, but the Cowboys still earned a bid to the Fiesta Bowl on January 5 opposite Stanford.

Oklahoma State fell 0.086 points short of Alabama for the No. 2 spot in the final BCS standings, this despite winning the Big 12 and finishing with the same 11-1 record as the Crimson Tide, who had already lost to No. 1 LSU.

Regardless, the Cowboys will square off against Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck, who led the Cardinal to an 11-1 record and the No. 4 ranking in the BCS standings.

"We are very pleased to have been invited to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and we are proud to represent the Pac-12 Conference in the Bowl Championship Series," said Stanford athletics director Bob Bowlsby. "We are excited to compete against Oklahoma State University and we look forward to a great game."

The other BCS bowl games were also determined Sunday night.

Wisconsin (11-2) and Oregon (11-2) will battle in the Rose Bowl on January 2. Both teams won their conference's inaugural title game over the weekend, as the Badgers outlasted Michigan State, 42-39, to win the Big Ten, while the Ducks won the Pac-12 by dismantling UCLA, 49-31.

Clemson (10-3) upset Virginia Tech in the ACC title game on Saturday to earn an Orange Bowl bid opposite West Virginia, which shared the Big East crown with Louisville and Cincinnati. The Mountaineers (9-3) earned the conference's automatic bid via the BCS standings, as their No. 23 ranking topped the trio. The game will be played on January 4.

Despite the loss to the Tigers, the Hokies (11-2) still earned an at-large bid into the Sugar Bowl on January 3. They will play the Michigan Wolverines, who will make their first BCS bowl appearance since 2006.

"The Sugar Bowl Committee has worked hard over the years to present outstanding matchups that produce competitive games," Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan said. "With Michigan and Virginia Tech, I'm sure the 78th edition will be another memorable Sugar Bowl."

Boise State (11-1), which finished seventh in the final standings, was left out of the prestigious BCS bowls.