The Oklahoma State Cowboys found themselves in a disappointing position on Saturday night when the Oklahoma Sooners came to town and knocked the wind out of them for a fifth consecutive Bedlam leaving the Pokes in a deficit they’re all too familiar with.
The Cowboys finish their season at 8-4, which is third in the Big 12, and will step out of the Big 12 Championship in Arlington as Baylor and Oklahoma prep to take the stage this Saturday.
Mike Gundy is now 2-13 against Oklahoma during his tenure with the Cowboys, while Lincoln Riley now has three wins over the Cowboys in just three seasons as the Sooners head coach.
“I wish we would’ve played better,” Gundy said following Saturday night’s loss. “They’re [OU] a good team. We’ve trailed this season and past seasons. I like my guys, and it’s a disappointing loss because I just didn’t feel like we played as well as we could have, coaches and players.”
The Cowboys, who haven’t won a Bedlam matchup since 2014, snap a four-game winning streak to end the season, and the chances of rising in the AP Poll grow dim with teams such as Cincinnati, Iowa State and Virginia Tech also taking losses on Saturday.
The Sooners, however, find themselves in a position to move up with Auburn defeating Alabama knocking the Tide out of the Top 5. OU now shifts their focus to Baylor this weekend where a win in the Big 12 Championship would almost guarantee entrance into the Top 4 College Football Playoff picture.
So what’s next for the Cowboys?
OSU picked up bowl eligibility when they defeated TCU in Stillwater at 34-27, and now the only thing to do is sit back and wait for the matchup to be declared and the training to begin.
The Big 12 Championship will play a strong role in bowl selection seeing as if the Big 12 champion is not selected to compete in the College Football Playoff, that team will compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
The CFP also has the power to select additional Big 12 schools to fill other New Year’s Six bowl games. Seeing as Oklahoma State finishes third in the Big 12, Cowboy fans should keep their ears peeled for that.
Once the CFP has selected its teams to fill the bowl slots, Big 12 bowl partners have the opportunity to make selections from the remaining bowl eligible teams.
Bowl selection in order:
- Valero Alamo Bowl – Dec. 31 in San Antonio (vs. Pac-12)
- Camping World Bowl – Dec. 28 in Orlando (vs. ACC)
- Academy Sports + Outdoor Texas – Dec. 27 in Houston (vs. SEC)
- AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Dec. 31 in Memphis (vs. SEC)
- Cheez-It Bowl – Dec. 27 in Phoenix (vs. Pac-12)
- SERVER First Responder Bowl – Dec. 30 in Dallas (vs. AAC)
According to College Football News, the Cowboys are being looked at to compete in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Florida, against Notre Dame.
All questions will be answered the Sunday following the Big 12 Championship, but regardless of a Bedlam loss, the Cowboys’ season isn’t completely concluded yet.
Notable highlights from Bedlam:
- Running back Chuba Hubbard, who continues to lead the nation as the most prolific rushing man on the field in college football, increased his total yardage this season to 1,936 yards, the second-highest total in Oklahoma State history. Barry Sanders is the only Cowboy ahead of Hubbard now with his 2,850 yards during his Heisman Trophy-winning 1988 season.
- Chuba Hubbard has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the past 10 games, which marks the longest active streak in the FBS currently.
- The OSU defense entered the game holding opponents to 29.3% on third downs since the week of Sept. 28, which ranks them at No. 11.
- The OSU defense held OU to 6-for-11 on third down. Neither team punted in the first half, while both teams were held to a three-and-out on their first drives of the second half.
- Matt Ammendola wrapped up the regular season ranked fourth on OSU’s career list for points scored with 356. He also ranks third in field goals made with 60, fifth in field goal percentage at 78.9% and third in PATs made with 176.