OSU improved their record to 9-2 (*10-1 if you ask Gundy) after they trounced the Horned Frogs on Saturday 31-6. With OU dismantling West Virginia, Bedlam is now a winner take all match-up to decide the Big 12 champion.
While we don’t know which bowl OSU will be going to, we do know they will be going to one for the 11th straight season. That’s a school record by-the-way.
Win Bedlam and the Cowboys are Big 12 champs and either heading to the Playoff or back to the Sugar Bowl for a second straight season. Lose to the Sooners and OSU’s destination is a little more up in the air. Let’s see what the “experts” are predicting:
Sugar Bowl vs Tennessee (Jan. 2nd)
Alamo Bowl vs Colorado (Dec. 29th)
Bleacher Report: Alamo Bowl vs USC (Dec. 29th)
Sports Illustrated: Russell Athletic Bowl vs Virginia Tech (Dec. 28th)
SBNation: Alamo Bowl vs Colorado (Dec. 29th)
Fox Sports: Alamo Bowl vs USC (Dec. 29th)
Athlon Sports: Alamo Bowl vs Colorado (Dec. 29th)
For the most part, everyone believes we will lose Bedlam and head to the Alamo Bowl.
Sports Illustrated is the only site that still has us in the Russell Athletic Bowl. I don’t understand it. Even if we lose to OU, and West Virginia wins their last two games of the season, both teams would finish with two Big 12 losses. We would win the head-to-head tie breaker and finish ahead of West Virginia in the standings.
Granted, after the Playoff and New Year’s Six, the bowls can technically pick the teams they want. The Alamo could pick a two-loss West Virginia over a three-loss Oklahoma State. However, I would think a bowl game in San Antonio would prefer a team with a large Texas fan base over a West Virginia team. It would also also make more sense for West Virginia to play an ACC team like Virginia Tech in Orlando.
I think it’s pretty simple: Beat OU and go to the Sugar Bowl. Lose and head to the Alamo Bowl. Yes, there is a (slim) chance we could make the playoff. I’m playing the odds though and think the Sugar or Alamo are most likely.