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Bowl Projections: Predictions for Oklahoma State’s 2022 Postseason Partners and Landing Spots

It’s down to one of two bowls according to experts.

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The Cowboys have just one more game on their 2022 slate, so it’s high time we started looking forward to bowl season.

Before we get to the talking heads and which bowl they see the Cowboys landing, let’s review the Big 12’s bowl affiliations. As noted under No. 1, a lot has to do with whether TCU makes the playoff.

1. Sugar Bowl vs. SEC (Big 12 Champion if not in the College Football Playoff, or highest-ranked Big 12 team)
2. Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Pac-12
3. Cheez-It Bowl vs. ACC
4. Mercari Texas Bowl vs. SEC
5. AutoZone Liberty Bowl vs. SEC
6. Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs. Big Ten

Let’s take a look at who, when and where prognosticators see the Cowboys playing this postseason along with a brief history with those teams at those bowls.

UCLA | Alamo Bowl | Dec. 29

Richard Johnson of Sports Illustrated has the Cowboys facing UCLA in the Valero Alamo Bowl. It would be the third meeting between the two programs. The Cowboys and Bruins split a home-and-away in 2002 and 2004, each winning on foreign turf.

Here are the details on the game.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Watch: ESPN

OSU is 2-2 at the Alamo Bowl, winning in both of Mike Gundy’s bowl trips to San Antonio, most recently against Colorado in 2016.

Washington | Alamo Bowl | Dec. 29

Erick Smith of USA Today also has the Cowboys headed to San Antonio, but he predicts a bowl rematch with the Huskies. OSU is 2-1 all-time versus Washington. OSU lost 24-18 at home in the teams’ first meeting in 1980 and then got payback in 1985, beating the Huskies 31-17 in Seattle. OSU beat Washington 30-22 in the Cactus Bowl in 2015.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Watch: ESPN

Louisville | Cheez-It Bowl | Dec. 29

The folks at CollegeFootballNews predict that the Cowboys will land in that No. 3 spot to face Louisville, repping the ACC. The Cowboys and Cardinals have met twice before when the team split and home-and-away series four decades ago. Oklahoma State defeated Louisville in Stillwater 19-11 in 1981 and then lost on the road 28-22 a year later.

When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Watch: ESPN

OSU defeated Miami 37-34 in the Cheez-It Bowl in 2020. The Cowboys also beat Virginia Tech in its previous iteration, the 2017 Camping World Bowl.

North Carolina | Cheez-It Bowl | Dec. 29

This would be the first-time meeting between Oklahoma State and North Carolina. But it would be a reunion between Mike Gundy and former Texas head coach Mack Brown. In his fourth season in Chapel Hill, Brown has his team at 9-2 and has already clinched an ACC Championship berth against Clemson.

This is a popular pick with multiple outlets calling for an orange vs. Carolina blue Cheez-It Bowl.

CBS Sports’s Jerry Palm
ESPN’s Mark Schlaback and Kyle Bongura
Action News’ Brett McMurphy
Athlon Sports

Again, same details as above, different opponent.

When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Watch: ESPN

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