Bowl Scoop:<br>OSU vs. Virginia?

It appears that Oklahoma State is heading to Shreveport, La., to play in the Independence Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m., unless Texas finds a way to get into a BCS game. The Independence Bowl is nationally televised on ESPN. The question is who will the Cowboys play? You might be surprised.

The Independence Bowl has ties with the Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences. South Carolina looked like it would be heading to Shreveport until the Gamecocks voluntarily declined to participate in a bowl game after the brawl in their final regular season game, a loss to rival Clemson. That left the SEC unable to fill all of its bowl commitments. Alabama opted to go to the Music City Bowl in Nashville.

As of last night it looked like the Independence Bowl would have to look to the Mid-American Conference, and possibly Toledo or Akron.

Instead, it appears the Independence Bowl may have cooked up an outstanding matchup. Virginia, ranked 18th with an 8-3 record, was expected to play in the Champ Sports Bowl in Orlando, but the Dec. 21 date conflicts with final exams. Virginia officials have told ACC officials they would opt for another bowl, possibly the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho, on Monday, Dec. 27.

The Independence Bowl reportedly is negotiating with the ACC to release Virginia from a Monday afternoon game to play on prime time on Tuesday in Shreveport.

An Oklahoma State-Virginia matchup would be an excellent matchup for television and would make the game very enticing.

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