“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