BCS Bowl Projections: How Bowl Picture Looks If Oklahoma State Finishes No. 2
The BCS championship game is already set.
Despite championship weekend and a bevy of games that could change the college football landscape, it is all but set in stone that Alabama will face LSU in the national championship game. However, this is the BCS and college football, and anything can happen.
Things would get very interesting if Oklahoma State was able to finish in the No. 2 spot. It may be a reach, but if the Cowboys could get in the No. 2, spot this is how the bowl picture would look.
National Championship Game
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The LSU Tigers would get the nod to play in the big game, but instead of facing Alabama, the Tigers would face Oklahoma State. Some could argue that this matchup would be more entertaining for the average football fan.
The high-octane Cowboys offense against the defensive-minded Tigers would be an interesting battle. Of course, for this to happen, Alabama would have to play elsewhere.
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The Sugar Bowl would welcome Alabama with open arms to New Orleans if they were pushed out of the championship game. This would be bad news for the Michigan Wolverines, who would be knocked out of this bowl slot. That would leave the door open for the Crimson Tide to take on the Houston Cougars.
In a battle of offense against defense, the Cougars would get to prove they should be considered an elite team.
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The Rose bowl would go as planned, with the Wisconsin Badgers facing off against the Oregon Ducks. The Badgers would have to win the Big Ten to face the Ducks, who have already clinched the Pac -12.
Outside of the national championship game, this could be one of the best games to watch during the bowl season.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies would face off against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Orange Bowl.
There are still a few matters to be finished up for this matchup to happen.
The Hokies will have to beat Clemson in the ACC championship game, and the West Virginia Mountaineers will have to survive the three-way tie in the Big East.
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The other game that would be affected if Oklahoma State were to rise in the polls would be the Fiesta Bowl. In order to rise to No. 2, Oklahoma State would have to beat Oklahoma and eliminate the Sooners from this game.
That would leave the Kansas State Wildcats as the one team from the Big 12 that would go to the Fiesta Bowl, and they would play against Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.
It may be a stretch to say that the Cowboys could ever get the No. 2 spot in the BCS Rankings, but it would make the bowl season very interesting.
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