Oklahoma State may have been off this week, but they still have the six wins necessary to receive a bowl invite for this season. And while they did nothing to strengthen — or weaken — there were some changes as to bowl expectations for OSU this season.
Let’s take a look at what all the “experts” think will happen:
Bleacher Report: Texas Bowl vs. Mississippi State (Dec. 27)
ESPN: Texas Bowl vs Texas A&M (Dec. 27); Camping World Bowl vs. Notre Dame (Dec. 28)
CBS: Texas Bowl vs. Mississippi State (Dec. 27)
247: Texas Bowl vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 27)
Sporting News: First Responders Bowl vs. Wyoming (Dec. 30)
So that’s now four votes for the Texas Bowl. Luckily, this week, it looks like OSU will actually face an SEC team if they get there instead of some 7-5 MAC stand-in.
The Texas Bowl makes a lot of sense.
Last season there was a LOT of talk that the Texas Bowl wanted to match up Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. They were interested in OSU because the Cowboys haven’t participated in the bowl for awhile (2002 when it was still called the Houston Bowl) and are a solid draw, especially in the state of Texas. Plus, they like to have a team from Texas in the bowl for ticket sales, so A&M just makes sense.
There is still a lot of football to be played, but my guess is, barring some wild losses or wins, the Texas Bowl has their eye on this potential match-up again this year.
I have a hard time getting all that excited for a bowl game against A&M. No Big 12 team has faced more former conference foes in bowl games since the realignment shift started in 2010, than OSU (Missouri twice, Colorado once). So doing so again, for a fourth time in seven seasons, doesn’t get me all that jacked. Playing Mississippi State doesn’t get me all that hot and bothered either, but at least it’s not the Aggies.
Again, a lot of football still to be played, but I would keep an eye on that OSU / A&M match-up moving forward.