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Final Oklahoma State Bowl Projections: Liberty the Favorite Ahead of Announcement

More and more people believe OSU will be bowling in Memphis

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While fans of Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State will be eagerly awaiting — or dreading — tonight’s final College Football Playoff rankings before the semi-finals, everyone else will be waiting to learn where their bowl eligible team will be spending the holiday break.

If projections are correct, it’s looking more and more like Oklahoma State fans will be spending New Year’s Eve on Beale Street in Memphis.

ESPN

Liberty vs. Vanderbilt
Liberty vs. Texas A&M

CBS

Cheez-It vs. California

SBNation

Liberty vs. Vanderbilt

Sports Illustrated

Liberty vs. Missouri

Yahoo

Liberty vs. Missouri

Bleacher Report

Liberty vs. Missouri

NCAA

Liberty vs. Vanderbilt

At this point, Oklahoma State is in play for three bowls; Texas, Liberty, and Cheez-It. Oklahoma is expected to get the 4-seed in the play-off which means Texas will head to the Sugar Bowl, as the Big 12 has to have a representative in that game.

West Virginia is expected to get an invite to the Alamo Bowl for a must-watch match-up with Washington State (giggidy!). That means it’s Iowa State to Orlando.

The belief is that the Texas Bowl would like a Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State match-up, but it now seems unlikely they’ll get the Aggies. Since the bowl will want a Texas representative, the belief is they’ll choose Baylor or TCU and probably lean Horned Frogs since they beat the Bears.

As Stewart Mandel of the Athletic explained in his final projection, when it comes to the last three spots, it’s kind of a crap shoot at this point.

“it’s a bit of a guess which of TCU, Oklahoma State and Baylor land in the Texas, Liberty and Cactus bowls.”

Oklahoma State and Missouri in the Liberty bowl makes a lot of sense. From a proximity standpoint, from a fanbase standpoint, and from the fact they are former conference foes. They two last met in the 2013 Cotton Bowl, a game the Tigers won 41-31.

The question is would the Music City Bowl rather have Vanderbilt or Missouri as they get the pick ahead of the Liberty Bowl. If they want Vanderbilt, then Mizzou is the likely opponent. If they want the Tigers, then the Commodores are likely headed to Memphis.

While I certainly wouldn’t book my hotel room until we know for sure, I would suggest keeping an eye on plane ticket prices to Memphis on New Years Eve, just to be safe.