ESPN is kicking up some preseason college football interest.
Hey, it’s that time.
Analyst Mark Schlabach has posted his, admittedly early, bowl projections for the upcoming season.
He has the Cowboys headed back, gulp, to Shreveport, to face Mississippi State in the Independence Bowl.
Headed back and taking a step back.
Shreveport is a desired bowl locale only if you’re looking to get back in the bowl business, not if you’re trying to build on your bowl experiences.
The Cowboys played Shreveport two years ago and took a step up at the Insight Bowl last season.
The potential problem for OSU is this scenario has merit. The conference portion of the schedule is rugged, meaning the Cowboys could be as good or better as a year ago, yet struggle to show it in the win-loss column.
The mid-level bowls that would figure to be in play for OSU will also likely have some intriguing teams to choose from: Nebraska, Kansas, Texas A&M, even Texas.
That could push the Cowboys lower in the pecking order, unless they can surprise and make a push to eight or nine wins, making themselves more appealing to say the Holiday Bowl or the Cotton Bowl or the Alamo Bowl.
Those are much more appealing scenarios for Cowboys fans than Shreveport in December.
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