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Kyle Cox here. Filling in today. Thanks for checking in and everyone have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve!

ESPN’s Jake Trotter did a Big 12 mailbag on Friday.

He ranked the Big 12 bowl-game appearances (so far)…

1. Oklahoma State, 2. Kansas State, 3. Baylor, 4. TCU, 5. West Virginia. Oklahoma State might have the most impressive bowl performance of anyone in college football so far. ESPN 

More from Jake on OSU…

The Cowboys are going to be loaded offensively, with the best receiving corps in school history, a four-year starter at quarterback in Mason Rudolph and the reigning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in running back Justice Hill. This will be as talented as any offense that Oklahoma State has had under Mike Gundy, and that includes the 2011 Cowboys, who were a field goal away from playing for the national championship.

Uh oh! It’s too early in the off season for my current level of optimism.

Pro Football Focus grades for the Alamo Bowl

The offensive line did allow 8 pressures to Rudolph, but it didn’t matter much if it was a clean pocket or not, as the junior quarterback was in a rhythm from the first snap. On plays under pressure he was 5-of-9 for 107 yards and a touchdown, and when presented with a clean pocket he was 17-of-23 for 207 yards and two touchdown passes. Pro Football Focus

A look towards next year’s offensive line

But there will be holes to fill come 2017 with Salako, Wilson, Veatch and Jarwin fulfilled of eligibility. The personnel for those fits aren’t fully clear yet, but OSU carries confidence in the depth its building on the practice field come spring ball. Newsok

The #SinorForHeisman campaign will be around for another year.

Good to know.

And this!

On the Alamo Bowl’s economic impact

Oklahoma State wasn’t the only winner at the Alamo Bowl. The city of San Antonio made out pretty good, as well…

The 24th Alamo Bowl attracted nearly 60,000 fans. Bowl officials said the weeknight game, which did not feature a Texas team, still drew the fifth largest turnstile count in the nearly quarter-century history of the event. BizJournals.com

A look back at the outgoing seniors on offense/special teams.

Grogan missed a chip shot in San Antonio but is still OSU’s all-time leading scorer.

Grogan has had games with more field goals, but none were bigger than the two he made against Texas in 2015. After hitting a 41-yarder with 1:33 left to tie the game, OSU got the ball back in Texas territory after a whiffed punt. After going backwards on two plays, Grogan kicked a 40-yard field goal to get the win. CRFF

On OSU’s defensive effort…

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys delivered one of the best defensive performances from a Big 12 team all season. The Cowboys beat up the Buffaloes quarterbacks and gave up a few big plays but didn’t break near the goal line. Yahoo Sports

Hoops

Underwood on the sellout crowd against West Virginia…

“To do it without our students, a big thank you goes out to our athletic department and marketing people for what they did with the tickets and all of those people are to be commended,” OSU coach Brad Underwood said. “It was breathtaking for me, and almost emotional, because that is one of the main reasons why I came here.” Tulsa World

Other Football

The Orange Bowl was the type of bowl game you want to watch if you aren’t personally invested in either team. ESPN

Other Hoops

As Kyle Boone writes, John Calipari was given a dead stuffed squirrel by Ole Miss. CBS Sports

More PFB

Check out the best plays from the Alamo Bowl… Gundy says the OSU defense is “unbelievable”… and check out OSU players’ reactions to the win… Vincent Taylor will be playing on Sundays next year… even after Gundy’s plea… Justice Hill had six (!) 100-yard games this season… Mason throws up the “X”… and Jordan Sterns closes the book on a brilliant career… There’s a reason Huggie Bear is the Teacher and Undie is the student… we’ve got Five Thoughts on it… and regardless of the loss, it looks like the Rowdy is Back…  Trae Young skipped the Sooners’ beat down to watch the Cowboys get beat down…

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