Unless Texas upsets Baylor, it appears Oklahoma State will be playing in the Russell Athletic Bowl

Barring an upset of Baylor by Texas, it appears Oklahoma State will be facing either North Carolina or Florida State in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando, Florida.

Barring an upset Saturday in Waco, Texas by the Texas Longhorns over the Baylor Bears, it is almost 100 percent that Oklahoma State will travel to Orlando, Fla., for the Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl to face an ACC opponent likely North Carolina or Florida State. 

The Texas upset of Baylor would send the Cowboys as the Big 12's unquestioned number two team to the Sugar Bowl. Should the favored Bears win they outlast TCU and then OSU head-to-head to claim the Sugar Bowl invite.

In the Big 12, the next selection goes to the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio and despite a strong effort by Oklahoma State and athletic director and vice-president for athletics Mike Holder a bowl source told me Friday evening that the Alamo Bowl is still intent on inviting TCU to take on an Pac-12 opponent, likely Oregon. 

My bowl source also told me that the folks at the Russell Athletic Bowl are equally fired up about getting Oklahoma State for the first time and insuring a guarantee of matching 10-win teams in their game. The Russell Athletic Bowl will again be played on Dec. 29 and kick off at 4:30 p.m. (Central time) in the 60,219-seat Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. 

Team events include a Give Kids the World Village Visit, trips to attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Sea World, and Kennedy Space Center. There is a bowl luncheon as well as pep rallies and a Buffalo Wild Wings fan fest.

This season there are special bonuses for fans that buy their bowl tickets from Oklahoma State and the athletic department and the OSU Alumni Association are partnering with a new venture to help organize and get Oklahoma State fans to the bowl and other special events. Fans are encouraged to visit the new website OKStatefantravel.com.

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