Two teams once on par for a College Football Playoff appearance are now projected to square off in a slightly less meaningful bowl game.
Rather than competing for a National Championship, Sports Illustrated’s latest bowl projections have the No. 14 Oklahoma State Cowboys and No. 13 USC Trojans set for a showdown in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 28.
Just weeks ago, the Cowboys housed legitimate College Football Playoff aspirations at the beginning stages of their Big 12 schedule. The Pokes enjoyed a 3-0 start at No. 6 placement in the polls prior to then-No. 16 TCU strolling into Stillwater, Okla., and escaping with a 44-31 victory.
Oklahoma State has since bounced back with a 41-34 win over a Texas Tech team that’s now ranked, but the Pokes’ hopes of climbing back into the College Football Playoff discussion will be an uphill battle, indeed. Of the seven remaining games on Oklahoma State’s regular season slate, only No. 12 Oklahoma is ranked, and a Cowboys win in Bedlam won’t look quite as appealing on their resume as it would have just days ago before the Sooners fell at home to Iowa State, 38-31.
In any case, while Oklahoma State doesn’t exactly control its own destiny going forward, the Pokes are still positioned within the top-15 nationally. If the Cowboys can conclude the regular season on an eight-game winning streak and top that with a Big 12 title, the high hopes they housed just weeks ago can still become reality.
In the meantime, as projected by Sports Illustrated, a Valero Alamo Bowl meeting with USC appears to be a more likely end game.
Oklahoma State appeared in last year’s Alamo Bowl, as well, and cruised to a 38-8 victory over No. 10 Colorado.
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