STILLWATER â€” Oklahoma State's bowl destination cannot be finalized until after the Big 12 championship game, but the Cowboys might be heading to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl.
Here's a closer look at potential destinations for the Cowboys, listed most likely to least likely:
*The Alamo Bowl: Appears as the most likely destination for the Cowboys. OSU features a high-scoring offense, including Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Justin Blackmon, and solid fan support that makes the Pokes a desirable choice.
The loser of the Big 12 title game will be considered as will Missouri. But Nebraska or Oklahoma fans would be coming off watching their team suffer a disappointing loss in Dallas, and Missouri was at the Alamo Bowl in 2008.
OSU's last appearance in the Alamo Bowl, in 2004 against Ohio State, was the fourth-largest Alamo Bowl attendance (65,265) in its history. Missouri's 2008 game against Northwestern had a crowd of 55,986 fans.
Alamo Bowl vice president of marketing and communications Rick Hill answered several questions about team selections on his blog on Wednesday including these tidbits:
Arizona appeared to be the Pac-10 representative, but its loss to Arizona State on Thursday night could make Washington the choice if the Huskies defeat Washington State on Saturday. A Washington win would mean it has a three-game winning streak and a better conference record than Arizona. UW also would be making its first bowl appearance since 2002, which could make for a fan base that is excited to travel.
The Alamo Bowl's two least-attended games in the last 10 years, both occurred when the bowl selected the Big 12 Championship loser â€” Colorado in 2002 and Missouri in 2008. But Nebraska or Oklahoma might get serious consideration thanks to their national following.
While the Alamo Bowl seems the likely destination for the Cowboys, an official invitation has not been announced. That means other bowls could still be in play.
Insight Bowl:Â OSU could end up in the Insight Bowl if the Alamo decides to go in a different direction and select Missouri or the Big 12 title game loser. The Insight has the fourth selection of Big 12 teams, and Texas A&M is already headed to the Cotton Bowl.
Potential opponents:Â Big Ten's No. 4 or 5 (likely Michigan)
Holiday Bowl:Â This highly unlikely scenario requires OSU to be the last 10-win team from the Big 12 that's selected. OU, Nebraska and Missouri would join nine-win Texas A&M as programs selected before OSU. With the Cowboys' explosive, high-scoring offense, fan support and general excitement around the program that seems doubtful.
Potential opponent:Â Pac 10's No. 3 (Washington)
At-large BCS berth: OSU is being held as a potential BCS at-large team (meaning it has not been released for selection by any other bowl), but Stanford, Arkansas, Ohio State and TCU are the likely at-large selections. The fact the Pokes remain in consideration, however small, for an at-large BCS is a main reason no bowl destination announcement is expected before Sunday.
Oklahoma State's projected bowl destinations CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: Alamo Bowl against Arizona With Oklahoma winning the Big 12, Nebraska in the Insight Bowl and Missouri in the Holiday Bowl. ESPN.com: Alamo Bowl against Arizona With Oklahoma winning the Big 12, Nebraska in the Insight Bowl and Missouri in the Holiday Bowl. FoxSports.com: Alamo Bowl against Arizona With Oklahoma winning the Big 12, Nebraska in the Insight Bowl and Missouri in the Holiday Bowl. CBSsports.com: Holiday Bowl against Washington With OU winning the Big 12, Nebraska in the Alamo Bowl and Missouri earning a Insight Bowl invite. NBCSports.com: Insight Bowl against Michigan With Oklahoma winning the Big 12, Nebraska in the Alamo Bowl and Missouri in the Holiday Bowl. Rivals.com: Alamo Bowl against Arizona With Oklahoma winning the Big 12, Nebraska in the Insight Bowl and Missouri in the Holiday Bowl. SI.com: Holiday Bowl against Washington With Nebraska winning the Big 12, Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl and Missouri in the Insight Bowl.