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OU football: Sooners' possible bowl scenarios starting to take shape

by Ryan Aber Published: November 21, 2013

NORMAN — The Big 12's bowl representatives are already set.

Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas Tech are bowl eligible while no other conference team can attain the status.

A year after sending nine teams to bowl games, the conference will fail to fulfill its bowl obligations and the Pinstripe Bowl — in its final season as a Big 12 bowl — will have to search elsewhere for a team to face the American Athletic Conference's representative.

Barring a nearly impossible series of events to end the season, Oklahoma won't go to the Fiesta. It also is won't head to the Texas Bowl as the Sooners figure to be picked ahead of Texas Tech in any bowl scenario.

Here are the likely destinations for the Sooners, what has to happen to get them there and who they're likely to face:

Most likely

Alamo Bowl

Dec. 30

San Antonio, Texas

History: Despite being a Big 12 bowl since the conference's creation for the 1996 season, Oklahoma has never played in the Alamo Bowl.

What has to happen: If the Sooners win out to finish the season, they are likely to slide into this spot behind Baylor and Texas in the Big 12 pecking order. A loss to Oklahoma State also figures to lead to Alamo for the Sooners, as Baylor and OSU would take the Fiesta/Cotton slots and the Alamo would opt for the first-time Sooners over a Texas team that played in the bowl last season. A loss to Kansas State might knock the Sooners out of this spot, as the Alamo might take the Wildcats for the first time since 1998.

Likely opponent: Stanford. The Cardinal's loss to USC last week makes it unlikely Stanford would get back to the BCS this season. Coach David Shaw's team would provide the Alamo Bowl with a marquee matchup. The winner of this weekend's Arizona State-UCLA game would be a possibility with a loss to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.

Slightly less likely

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Dec. 28

Tempe, Ariz.

History: The Sooners beat Iowa in the 2011 game, when the bowl was known as the Insight Bowl. Oklahoma lost to BYU in the 1994 game when it was known as the Copper Bowl.

What has to happen: A loss this weekend to Kansas State might be enough to knock the Sooners into this spot as Kansas State would have won five in a row with Kansas to end the season. If Oklahoma State wins out, the Cowboys and Sooners could once again pull off the Arizona double, with one in the Fiesta Bowl and the other in the Wild Wings Bowl.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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