NORMAN — Dallas hasn’t been a kind venue for Oklahoma this season.
First, the Sooners lost at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in the opener, dimming their national championship aspirations.
Then, OU’s hopes of winning a fourth straight Big 12 title and reaching another BCS bowl took a major hit last weekend at the Cotton Bowl.
But with a strong finish to the season, the Sooners could be heading back to the Dallas area again, this time for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
And waiting for them there could be an intriguing matchup with Les Miles and the LSU Tigers, who at this point seem to be the most suitable team from the SEC invited to the Cotton Bowl.
But that is hardly OU’s only bowl possibility. Or only potentially intriguing matchup. If the Sooners finish with eight wins — but are passed over for the Cotton Bowl — they could meet new, but hated rival Oregon in the Holiday Bowl.
If OU ends up with seven wins, a trip to San Antonio and the Alamo Bowl could be in the cards. There, the Sooners could take on former OU and current Michigan State QB Keith Nichol, who just might have been starting in Norman right now had he not decided to transfer last year.
Fiesta Bowl: Big 12 champion, if available, vs. BCS at-large
Date: Jan. 4
Location: Glendale, Ariz.
Chances: 5 percent
Possible opponents: Boise State, TCU, Penn State, Oregon, Cincinnati, Notre Dame
The Breakdown: The Sooners would have to win out, including the Big 12 title; or win out, and hope Texas advances to the national title game. Either way, one loss knocks the Sooners out of contention, since a team has to have at least nine regular-season wins to even qualify for a BCS bowl.