Instead, Oklahoma State will play Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl in a game that will match the Cowboys' QB Brandon Weeden against Andrew Luck of the Cardinal.
In other conference championship games, Clemson broke a 10-10 halftime tie with Virginia Tech with a dominating second half for a 38-10 win in Charlotte and its first ACC Championship since 1991. The victory earned the Tigers a berth in the Orange Bowl against Big East tri-champion West Virginia.
Under first-year head coach Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers finished the season tied with Cincinnati and Louisville and all three teams went 1-1 against each other. The final BCS Standings became the determining factor as to which would get the automatic qualifier bowl bid and West Virginia, at No. 23, was the only Big East team in those final standings.
Surprisingly, to say the least, Virginia Tech also received a BCS bowl bid and will play Michigan in the Sugar Bowl. First-year head coach Brady Hoke has the Maize and Blue back in a major bowl game for the first time since 2006. The game will pit the winningest team in college football history (Michigan) against a team on an 8-year streak of 10-win seasons as Virginia Tech heads to its 19th straight bowl game. The Hokies lost two games all season and both losses came against Clemson as it was outscored by a combined 61-13 in those contests. The Wolverines also lost just two games.
In Saturday's most exciting game, Wisconsin outpointed Michigan State 42-39 in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game at Indianapolis. The game ended with a controversial penalty against the Spartans for running into the punter, negating a return to the Badger 5-yard line with about 2 minutes left in the contest. The regular season matchup of these teams was won 37-31 by Michigan State on a Hail Mary touchdown pass.
As Big Ten champions, Wisconsin will face Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The Ducks downed UCLA and lame-duck head coach Rick Neuheisel 49-31 on Friday night in the inaugural PAC-12 Championship game at Eugene. The Badgers fell 21-19 to TCU in last year's thrilling Rose Bowl as the Horned Frogs finished the season ranked No. 1 in the final 2010 Congrove Computer Rankings.
Earlier on Saturday, Southern Miss shook up the BCS bowl bids by knocking Houston out of the picture with a 49-28 upset in the C-USA Championship game. The Cougars would have locked up an at-large BCS bowl bid with a victory, as well as a perfect 13-0 season. Instead, record-setting quarterback Case Keenum will take his team up the road to Dallas on January 2 to face Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl.
Southern Miss will play Nevada on Christmas Eve in the Hawaii Bowl
Also on Friday night, a 33-yard field goal as time expired gave Northern Illinois a 23-20 win over Ohio for the MAC Championship, capping a comeback from a 20-0 halftime deficit. It's NIU's second-ever MAC title and first since 1983. The Huskies will play Sun Belt champion Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on January 8. Northern Illinois finished the season 10-3 under first-year head coach Dave Doeren who replaced Jerry Kill when he left DeKalb to go to Minnesota. Kill also led NIU to a 10-3 record last year before then-linebackers coach Tom Matukewicz served as interim head coach for the 40-17 Humanitarian Bowl win over Fresno State.
It's another first-year head coach - Hugh Freeze - that led the Red Wolves to their first outright Sun Belt title and first 10-win (10-2) season since 1986.
TCU won its third straight Mountain West crown, all with undefeated a conference marks. The Horned Frogs leave the Mountain West to join the Big 12 after winning their last 24 conference games. They secured the outright title with a 56-9 rout of UNLV on Saturday and will take on WAC Champion Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on December 21.
Louisiana Tech clinched the WAC with Nevada's 21-17 loss at Utah State last Saturday and then defeated New Mexico State 44-0 that same day in Ruston. The Bulldogs, who last won the title in 2001, finished the regular season on a 7-game winning streak after losing 4 of their first 5 games.
COMPUTER SUCCESS AT PROJECTING BOWL TEAMS
Half of the teams picked to play in major bowl games were indeed selected and three are in the exact game forecasted.
FBS vs. FCS:
Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
93 FBS teams played at least one FCS foe this year and four of those schools played two such games - Air Force, Eastern Michigan, N.C. State and Wyoming.
Houston - 12-game win streak ends with 49-28 home loss to Southern Miss in the CUSA Championship game on Saturday.
Georgia - 10-game win streak ends with 42-10 loss to LSU in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta on Saturday.
TCU - 24 straight conference wins. The Horned Frogs won 56-9 at home over UNLV on Saturday.
Virginia Tech - 13 straight wins in true road games (at opponents' venue). The Hokies lost 38-10 to Clemson in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte on Saturday.
Kansas - 10 straight losses overall. The have completed their season.
Tulane - 10 straight losses overall. The Green Wave have completed their season.
New Mexico - 21 straight road losses. The Lobos are at Boise State on Saturday.
Mississippi - 14 straight conference losses. The Rebels have completed their season.
COACHING CHANGES FOR 2012:
THIS SEASON'S NEW COACHES:
14 members of this year's class guided their team to a bowl game. Miami's Al Golden would have made 15 had the school not opted out of playing a postseason game.
Three teams won conference championships with their new head coach - Arkansas State, Northern Illinois and West Virginia.
Notable success stories include Hugh Freeze, who led Arkansas State to its first outright Sun Belt title. Ball State's Pete Lembo improved the team's record from 4-8 in 2010 to 6-6 this year. Mark Hudspeth steered Louisiana-Lafayette into its first bowl game as the school improved to 8-4 for its best record since 1993. Brady Hoke has Michigan in a BCS bowl game for the first time since 2006. Everett Withers is worthy of a mention for getting North Carolina to a 7-5 record and a bowl game as its interim head coach for the entire season. Dan McCarney came out of a 4-year retirement to guide North Texas to a 5-7 season for its best win total since 2004. Dave Doeren led Northern Illinois to just its second-ever MAC title and first since 1983. Rocky Long is within a bowl win of equaling San Diego State's record last year when Brady Hoke was the head coach. Stanford's David Shaw is a bowl win away from matching Jim Harbaugh's 12-1 record last year. Steve Addazio matched Al Golden's 8-4 performance with Temple last year, but Addazio's squad can eclipse Golden with a victory in the New Mexico Bowl. Bill Blankenship had Tulsa (8-4) on the cusp of a CUSA Championship game berth before losing to Houston in the final regular season game. James Franklin has Vanderbilt (6-6) in just its 5th-ever bowl game and only its second since 1982. And Dana Holgorsen has taken West Virginia to the Orange Bowl with the school's third consecutive 9-3 season.