When the bowl assignments came out on Dec. 2, the Sooners felt maligned. Northern Illinois’ ascension into the BCS’ top 16 gave the Huskies a spot in the Orange Bowl and knocked OU out of the Sugar Bowl.
The Sooners didn’t know the half of it.
Look how different the world would look if Northern Illinois had checked in at No. 17 in the BCS.
OU would have played Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
Texas would have played Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, unless DeLoss Dodds had pulled enough strings to avoid the Aggies.
We have no idea what would have happened with such matchups. But we have a pretty good idea.