There they stand, the first-place Buccaneers and the first-place 49ers, ready to face off at Candlestick Park.
The folks at the Big 12 offices must have been smiling as they saw these results roll in:
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - This is what Adrian Beltre envisioned when he signed with Texas in the offseason. Balls jumping off his bat in October, the Rangers making another run for the pennant.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA canceled the remainder of the preseason Tuesday and will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no labor agreement by Monday.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas has seen this story line before: A top-ranked offense against its bottom-of-the-barrel defense.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Le'Ron McClain posted a bold tweet a little over a week ago after another tough loss to the San Diego Chargers had dropped the Chiefs to 0-3.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.'s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night's NFL game after the country singer famous for the line "Are you ready for some football?" used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State was minutes from losing to Eastern Kentucky. A goal line stand from getting beat at Miami. And trailed most of the way against Baylor.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Back on the road in the playoffs, the Texas Rangers won again.
LSU and Alabama are the top two teams in the country one month before their game in Tuscaloosa.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard took a mighty cut, dropped his bat and admired the shot.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Yovani Gallardo could barely see the return tosses from catcher Jonathan Lucroy, losing them in the bright light filtering through the windows at Miller Park.
NEW YORK (AP) - No national anthem, all Yankees.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Defensive-minded coach Gary Patterson knew he was going to make changes after TCU's first two seasons in the Big 12 Conference. What a difference they made in year three.
LAWRENCE (AP) - When David Beaty was hired to coach wide receivers at Texas A&M, it was not a popular choice.
WICHITA (AP) - Ron Baker scored 22 points, Fred VanVleet added 18 points and eight assists and No. 11 Wichita State handed Seton Hall its first loss of the season, 77-68 on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Now the Big 12 Conference has a real debate to settle after both of its co-champions were left out of the four-team playoff.
Kansas State suffered a letdown the only other time it played in the Alamo Bowl, falling to a Drew Brees-led Purdue on the heels of having its national championship hopes dashed in the Big 12 championship game.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Nino Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Marcus Foster had 13 points as Kansas State (5-4) defeated Bradley 50-47 on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Kansas forward Jamari Traylor has been suspended for tonight's game at Georgetown after he was arrested over the weekend for interfering with a police officer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will begin chemotherapy for what doctors called a "very treatable and potentially curable" form of cancer.
WACO, Texas (AP) - No. 5 Baylor did what it had to do keep alive its chance for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Bryce Petty and company grabbed a share of a second consecutive Big 12 title.
LAWRENCE (AP) - After striking out on a rising star and a well-known coach with an NFL pedigree, Kansas turned to one of its own to resurrect a program that has languished near the bottom of the Big 12.
WICHITA (AP) - Ron Baker scored 18 points, and No. 8 Wichita State beat Saint Louis 81-52 on Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee played good enough defense at the start of Saturday's game to withstand Kansas State's frantic finish.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Kansas Chiefs have dropped two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the AFC playoff race. The Arizona Cardinals have lost two straight and are clinging to a one-game lead in the NFC West.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Last year, Wayne Selden Jr. might have let a lousy shooting performance in Kansas's previous game affect his confidence in a high-profile matchup with Florida on Friday night.