Oklahoma State Gets Help From Texas En Route to Sugar Bowl Invite

Oklahoma State is expected to play either Florida or Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 after Texas upsets Baylor to knock the Bears out of second place in the Big 12.

This is the football season for Oklahoma State where the gifts just keep on giving.

Texas delivered a surprise gift on Saturday as the Longhorns avoided their first eight loss season in over 50 years with a 23-17 upset over the 12th-ranked Baylor. The loss knocks Baylor back to 9-3 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12 season and behind Oklahoma State (10-2/7-2) and TCU (10-2/7-2).

By virtue of their 49-29 win over the Horned Frogs in Stillwater the Oklahoma State Cowboys are the second-place team in the Big 12, and provided Oklahoma occupies a spot in the College Football Playoff, which is a virtual lock as the Sooners are third and already the Big 12 Conference champions, the Cowboys will be the Big 12 representative in the Sugar Bowl against an opponent from the SEC, likely Florida or Ole Miss.

Kickoff for the Sugar Bowl is 7:30 (Central time) on Friday, Jan. 1, inside the Mercedes-Benz Sugar Bowl.

For Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy as head coach it will be the fourth traditional New Year's Day bowl game invitation during his tenure as the Cowboys played in the 2010 and 2014 editions of the Cotton Bowl and won the 2012 Fiesta Bowl over Stanford. Oklahoma State has not been to the Sugar Bowl since 1946 (following the 1945 season) when then Oklahoma A&M defeated St. Mary's 33-13.

As you might expect the reaction of the Cowboys is very positive.

Freshman wide receiver and punt returner Jalen McCleskey, a Louisiana native tweeted, "I'm pumped, this is great."

Linebacker Chad Whitener simply re-tweeted a picture of a bag of sugar.  

Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, a former New Orleans resident who had his family move after Hurricane Katrina tweeted, "I'm coming home #sugarbowl."

Freshman safety Kevin Henry, who is from Baton Rouge, La., tweeted, "Back to the boot!!! #sugarbowl.

An early look at the prospective schedule of activities at the Sugar Bowl shows that the teams are scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 26, with a welcome event. Here is the way the schedule lays out according to the Sugar Bowl provided information.

Saturday, Dec. 26 - Team Welcome  TBA

Sunday, Dec. 27 - Teams begin practices  TBA

Monday, Dec. 28 - Team Practices  TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 29 - Team Practices  TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 30 - Team Practices  TBA
                                     Sugar Bowl Fanfest  Jax Brewery French Quarter

Thursday, Dec. 31 - Team Practices  TBA
                                 Head Coaches Press Conference  Marriott Convention Center
                                 Sugar Bowl Fanfest  Jax Brewery French Quarter

Friday, Jan. 1 - Allstate Sugar Bowl  Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7:30 p.m.

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