Not all of the news cycle was dominated by Mike Gundy talk today for Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys remained at No. 19 in the College Football Playoff poll released on Tuesday for the second straight week.
The announcement, however, was little more than window dressing as the Cowboys have no chance of playing in a CFP bowl or even a CFP access bowl.
After beating Kansas, 58-17, on Saturday, the Cowboys nailed down a tie for third place in the Big 12’s final standings.
But Oklahoma State fans will remember what could have been after disappointing home losses to Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State over the course of the season.
The Cowboys are the only team in the top 25 this week that has three home losses.
Mason Rudolph finishing a scintillating senior season against the last-place Jayhawks, accounting for four touchdowns to give him the program’s single-season record.
And this season’s team will go down in Big 12 history as the first team that featured a 4,000-yard passer (Rudolph), a 1,000-yard rusher (Justice Hill) and two 1,000-yard receivers (James Washington and Marcel Ateman).
But defensive struggles down the stretch — the Cowboys ranked 116th nationally in total defense in November allowing 484.5 yards per game and 7.02 yards per play — doomed them late in the season.
It will mean the Cowboys will play at best in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio against a Pac-12 team. And some Oklahoma State fans aren’t excited about that game because the Cowboys played there last season.
Oklahoma State also could play in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando against an ACC opponent or the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in Houston against an SEC team.
And if we are to believe the reports from Knoxville today, they might not have their current coach.
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