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Oklahoma State football: How the Texas-Texas A&M feud could land the Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl

COTTON BOWL -- Oklahoma State must beat Baylor Saturday to make it happen. But a big factor that could send the Cowboys to the Cotton Bowl is a Texas feud that shows no signs of ending.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: November 30, 2012 at 9:53 am •  Published: November 29, 2012

But reports from the Austin-American Statesman indicate neither the Longhorns nor Aggies have any interest in playing each other.

“No one really wants that game. It's not going to happen,” one bowl official told the Statesman.

Said another bowl official: “A&M would have a classic case of more to lose.”

So if A&M winds up being the Cotton's SEC team, OSU would be the natural fit to play in that game. And if recent history is any indication — the Cowboys won 38-35 in 2010 on a Dan Bailey field goal as time expired and 30-29 in 2011 following a furious second-half rally —  a bowl meeting between OSU and A&M would be a highly anticipated matchup featuring two exciting offenses and possibly the Heisman winner in Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.

OSU could also be an attractive selection for the Cotton Bowl if LSU is available to select from the SEC.

That would pit Les Miles against Mike Gundy a year after that matchup nearly became a reality when OSU fell just short of reaching the national title game.

The suspense and speculation will end Sunday, when all the bowl pairings are announced.


Bowling … where?

By Sunday night, we'll know where Oklahoma State will be playing its postseason football.

Until then, here's the latest roundup of national bowl projections for the Cowboys.

ESPN's Brad Edwards: Alamo vs. Oregon State

CBS' Jerry Palm: Buffalo Wild Wings vs. Michigan State

ESPN's Mark Schlabach: Alamo vs. UCLA

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel: Alamo vs. Oregon State

ESPN's David Ubben: Cotton vs. Texas A&M

College Football News: Cotton vs. South Carolina

Sporting News: Cotton vs. Texas A&M

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