Not long ago, Saturday night's meeting between Oklahoma and West Virginia seemed destined to be one pitting highly ranked Big 12 teams seeking a prestigious bowl bid.
While the 13th-ranked Sooners maintain slim hopes of reaching that goal, the host Mountaineers simply are hoping to become bowl-eligible.
Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1) was ranked No. 8 heading into its home matchup with then-No. 5 Notre Dame but suffered a 30-13 loss - its second of the season in Norman - that has cut into its chances of returning to a BCS bowl game.
The Sooners have recovered to win their past two contests - including last week's 42-34 victory over Baylor - but they will need to win out and have No. 2 Kansas State lose its last two games in order to earn the conference's automatic BCS bid.
West Virgina's well-documented fall has been much more damaging. The Mountaineers (5-4, 2-4) were undefeated and ranked fifth in the nation before a 49-14 loss at Texas Tech on Oct. 13 sent them on four-game losing streak...