Cowboys' Bowl<br>Prospects Uncertain

The Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., failed in its attempt to lock up Virginia as an opponent for its Big 12 representative. The Indepedence Bowl committee had been negotiating with the ACC and Virginia officials in trying to bring the 18th-ranked Cavaliers to the Dec. 28 game and produce a matchup of marquee teams.

Instead, Virginia will stay with the ACC tie up and go to the MPC Computer Bowl in Boise, Idaho. The Boise committee came through with a deal on hotel rooms for the Cavaliers as part of an enticement to keep Virginia in their game.

Virginia officials and Independence Bowl organizers were looking for a better matchup of teams, but in the end monetary concerns won out. The Big 12 rep selected by the Independence Bowl will now play either Northern Illinois or the loser of the MAC championship game between Toledo and Miami of Ohio.

The Independence Bowl is hoping the Big 12 representative will be Oklahoma State. But in talking with a high ranking official of the Alamo Bowl committee today, he stressed that the Alamo Bowl is still strongly considering Oklahoma State along with Texas Tech, or should they fall in line, either Texas A&M and Texas.

Oklahoma State lost to all three of the other Big 12 teams under consideration, but the Alamo Bowl representative stressed that because of the Cowboys' 7-4 record they could still select OSU. He said they are considering it because of the school's tradition of traveling very well to bowl games. In 1997 Oklahoma State took some 33,000 fans to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl.

Should Texas qualify for the BCS, there is talk that the Cotton Bowl would select Texas A&M and the Holiday Bowl in San Diego would take Oklahoma State.

There is still a lot of uncertainty regarding the Cowboys' bowl destination, and it appears nothing will be known for certain any earlier than Saturday night following the Big 12 Championship Game in Kansas City.

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