The parallels between this Oklahoma State football season and the 1988 season seem to appear fairly regularly. And there's likely to be at least one more similarity.
The 1988 team concluded its season at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif., and it's looking more and more like these Cowboys will be headed west for the postseason, too. With three Big 12 South teams currently at 11-1, they likely take up the two BCS spots and the Cotton Bowl selection. So the Holiday would be next. “If you slot those 11-1 teams in there, what's left is a Nebraska team, (OSU) and Missouri that got beat (Saturday) by Kansas and if they lose next week they'll have stumbled here at the end,” said Holiday Bowl president Larry Baber, who was in attendance Saturday. “It makes OSU awfully attractive.” Officials from the Alamo Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Insight Bowl were also at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday, but the Holiday seems most interested in the Pokes, who would likely face Oregon. The Ducks are tied for second place in the Pac-10 with Oregon State, but beat the Beavers 65-38 Saturday. Head-to-head results don't necessarily impact bowl selection, but could in this case. “Oregon State got beat pretty badly tonight by Oregon,” Baber said. “That will be part of our discussion on Monday at lunch, but the Ducks would probably be the more likely choice.”