It’s not a guarantee, however. If Oklahoma were to defeat Texas, yet still not make the College Football Playoff, the Sooners would head to the Sugar Bowl, leaving six Big 12 teams for the remaining six bowls.
So, what does all this mean for OSU?
Let’s look at the Cowboys’ potential landing spots, from most to least likely:
Texas Bowl vs. SEC, Dec. 27 in Houston: A bowl representative was in attendance for OSU’s win over West Virginia, and the Cowboys have a solid reputation in Houston, a popular recruiting area for the program. If the Big 12 only gets one New Year’s Six bowl, the Texas Bowl will have a bigger list of teams to choose from, but the Pokes will still be high on it.
Chances: 38 percent.
Liberty Bowl vs. SEC, Dec. 31 in Memphis: A bowl rep was at the TCU game, which probably didn’t help OSU’s case. The Liberty Bowl is just about as likely as the Texas Bowl as the Cowboys’ landing spot. OSU has a reputation for traveling well, and has never played in the Liberty Bowl.
Chances: 36 percent.
Cheez-It Bowl vs. Pac-12, Dec. 26 in Phoenix: It’s possible that the Pokes could fall to the game formerly known as the Cactus Bowl, but it seems like less than a 50/50 shot that OSU lands here.