Alamo Bowl would welcome Oklahoma State in potential ‘top-five’ matchup

Oklahoma State once aspired for the College Football Playoff, but an Alamo Bowl appearance seems to be among the most plausible options these days.

If last season is of any indication, that’s not such a bad thing.

In 2016, the Cowboys took a trip to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl, and promptly put on a show by blasting No. 10 Colorado, 38-8. Fast forward one season and Oklahoma State’s 9-3 2017 campaign has the Cowboys as one of two Big 12 options to head back south to San Antonio, and as Alamo Bowl vice president of marketing and communications told Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World, they’d happily host the Pokes once again.

“Oh, yeah,” said Rick Hill. “We try to steer away from back-to-back, but in talking to them they want to come. Whatever the matchup is, I think it’ll be rated a top-five matchup regardless.”

Oklahoma State’s bowl fate largely depends on what takes place in the Big 12 Championship between No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 11 TCU, though.

If Oklahoma cruises past TCU once again, as it did during a 38-20 Week 11 win, the Horned Frogs become the more likely Alamo Bowl option, which would then make the Camping World Bowl in Orlando Oklahoma State’s most logical destination. If the Horned Frogs can hang tough or pull the upset over the Sooners, though, TCU may very well be headed to a New Years Six bowl and thus, place Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl for the second consecutive season.

In any case, whether it’s Oklahoma State or TCU, the Alamo Bowl will pit the Big 12 against the Pac-12’s top team not headed to a New Year’s Six bowl. USC, Stanford and Washington are the three options in that regard.

As Hill noted, though, however it plays out, it should be a top-five matchup regardless.

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