Oklahoma State football: How a Bedlam loss would affect OSU's postseason destination

Win Bedlam, and projecting Oklahoma State's postseason future is quite easy. But what exactly could be spoiled with a Cowboy loss?
by Gina Mizell Modified: November 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: November 30, 2013

— Win Bedlam, and projecting Oklahoma State's postseason future is quite easy.

At worst, the Cowboys would go to the Fiesta Bowl with the Big 12's automatic BCS berth. And there could still be a very outside shot of OSU sneaking into the national championship game, should complete chaos ensue at the top of the standings.

Oklahoma will come to Stillwater on Saturday hoping to play the role of spoiler. But what exactly could be spoiled with a Cowboy loss?

Last year's bowl tumble gives a big clue.

OSU finished in a tie with Texas for third in the Big 12 in 2012. But old-fashioned bowl politics and other factors caused the Cowboys to slip to the Heart of Dallas Bowl, which had the eighth pick of Big 12 teams.

The game — a 58-14 Cowboy victory — was a total dud against a bad Purdue team with an interim coach. It was played on the morning of Jan. 1 in cold and dreary conditions and only televised on ESPNU.

Looking back nearly a year later, OSU coach Mike Gundy admits it wasn't an ideal finish to the season.

“Last year was a huge mistake, in my opinion, for the type of season our players had,” Gundy said. “But obviously somebody sent us to that bowl game and you could tell by the outcome that it didn't really fit where we should have played.

“But that's neither here nor there. I would like to have confidence in our league that a better decision would be made moving forward for every team in this league and not just Oklahoma State.”

And last year's Bedlam played a role in spoiling the Cowboys' postseason destination.

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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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