Oklahoma State football: Cowboys mentioned in several bowl scenarios

LSU, Stanford, USC, Northwestern among several teams Oklahoma State might play during bowl season
by Gina Mizell Published: November 4, 2012


photo - Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland (26) returns a kickoff for touchdown during the college football game between Kansas State University (KSU) and Oklahoma State (OSU) at  Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.,  Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland (26) returns a kickoff for touchdown during the college football game between Kansas State University (KSU) and Oklahoma State (OSU) at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Possible opponents: USC, UCLA, Stanford

Projected by: ESPN's Brad Edwards (vs. USC)

How OSU gets here: The Cowboys' Nov. 17 contest against Texas Tech could ultimately decide which team goes to San Antonio.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Location: Tempe, Ariz.

Date: Dec. 29

Matchup: Big 12 No. 4 vs. Big Ten No. 4/5

History: Beat Indiana 49-33 in 2007 (Insight Bowl)

Possible opponents: Northwestern, Michigan State

Projected by: CBS' Jerry Palm (vs. Northwestern), College Football News (vs. Northwestern), Sporting News (vs. Michigan State), ESPN's Mark Schlabach (vs. Northwestern)

How OSU gets here: Clearly, this is where most experts think the Cowboys will land right now. Splitting its final four games could send OSU back to the Grand Canyon State for the third time in less than a year.

Holiday Bowl

Location: San Diego, Calif.

Date: Dec. 27

Matchup: Big 12 No. 5 vs. Pac-12 No. 3

History: Lost to Oregon 42-31 in 2008; Beat Wyoming 62-14 in 1988

Possible opponents: UCLA, USC

Projected by: ESPN's David Ubben

How OSU gets here: The middle of the Big 12 is going to be jumbled, so a 5-4 conference record put OSU here, as well.

Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl

Location: Houston

Date: Dec. 28

Matchup: Big 12 No. 6 vs. Big Ten No. 6

History: Beat Southern Miss 33-23 in 2002 (Houston Bowl)

Possible opponents: Minnesota, Iowa

How OSU gets here: If the Cowboys' November schedule is as brutal as we thought a week ago (or three days ago), they could limp to a 6-6 (4-5 Big 12) record and finish the season in the same stadium in which they will start their 2013 campaign against Mississippi State.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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