One of the major advantages of playing a bowl game in Texas is the impact on recruiting. Oklahoma State features a roster full of players from Texas, and more than half of OSU's 22 known commitments for the class of 2011 call the Lone Star state home.
When the Cowboys take on Arizona in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 29, OSU's program will get plenty of regional attention in Texas.
â€œThe location is really good for us,â€ OSU coach Mike Gundy said. â€œA large percentage of our team is from the state of Texas, the majority of our recruiting is done in the state of Texas so there are some real advantages of playing in the Alamo Bowl.â€
The Alamo Bowl is also a good location for OSU fans with the Pokes having solid alumni bases in Dallas, Houston and throughout the state.
â€œWe'll have a great following down there,â€ Gundy said. â€œWe have a big fan base in central Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston.â€
It was a breakout season for quarterback Brandon Weeden. After entering the season with zero collegiate starts, the junior led the Cowboys to a 10-2 regular season record and earned All-Big 12 honors.