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Alamo Bowl likely destination for OSU

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: December 3, 2010 at 8:22 am •  Published: December 2, 2010

STILLWATER — 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 — Colorado in 2002 and Missouri in 2008. But Nebraska or Oklahoma might get serious consideration thanks to their national following.

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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.

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