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OSU has at least a share of Big 12 title, but bowl picture is far from clear

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL -- After a wild week of college football, the Fiesta Bowl is looking like the most likely destination for the Cowboys, but there are still plenty of games to be played.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: November 20, 2011

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has just one regular season game remaining in 2011, but the bowl picture is far from clear for the 10-1 Cowboys.

A wild and wacky weekend of college football reminded us that there are still plenty of games to be played around the country, and many of those will affect where the Cowboys ultimately end up come bowl season.

Here's what we do know: OSU has clinched at least a share of the Big 12 title, its first piece of a conference championship since it shared the Big Eight title in 1976. The Cowboys can win the Big 12 outright with a Bedlam victory over Oklahoma in two weeks.

Depending on the result of Bedlam, here's a look at the possible bowl scenarios for OSU. These projections are also based on OU beating Iowa State on Saturday, which, of course, really is not a guarantee.

BCS Championship Game

Jan. 9, New Orleans

How OSU gets there: The Cowboys win Bedlam and get some help. Alabama losing to Auburn or Georgia winning the SEC Championship Game could vault OSU back into that No. 2 spot. A loss by Stanford or Virginia Tech would help the Pokes' chances, too.

Likelihood: 19 percent

Fiesta Bowl

Jan. 5, Glendale, Ariz.

How OSU gets there: Win Bedlam, and this the worst-case scenario for the Cowboys as the Big 12 champions. Lose Bedlam, and OSU could still end up here as an at-large BCS team if the Fiesta works out a deal to avoid OU heading to the desert for the fourth time in six years and the Sooners land in the Sugar or Orange Bowl.

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