As the latter portion of the 2022 season peaks, the finale looms for each team.
Rampant talks regarding bowl game projections and the college football playoff picture become more prevalent. Heading into the final two games of the regular season, OSU is 7-3.
With three losses, the Cowboys’ chances of making the playoffs are gone.
Here is a look at each of those possible bowl games, the current projections and what needs to transpire in order for coach Mike Gundy’s team to make an appearance in each.
Sitting at 7-3, the Cowboys would have to be the third or fourth best Big 12 team remaining at the end of the season — depending whether TCU makes the College Football Playoff or not — for Orlando to be the destination for OSU.
For OSU to make its fourth appearance in San Antonio, the Cowboys will need to win out and finish with a 9-3 record. OSU would also have to be the second best Big 12 team remaining if TCU makes the College Football Playoff.
The only likely way OSU makes a reappearance is if it drops one of its next two contests and finishes in the fourth to fifth place range in the Big 12 with around eight wins in the regular season.
If the Cowboys drop their final two games of the regular season, OSU may find itself in Nashville, Tennessee.
While highly improbable, a New Year’s Six bowl game appearance for the Cowboys isn’t quite out of the picture.
At the same time a lot needs to happen. First, the Cowboys need to win out and finish 9-3 on the year and make it to the Big 12 championship game. For that to happen, Baylor must drop one of its next two regular season games, and Kansas State would also need to lose out. Finally, OSU would need to win the conference title game in order to make an appearance in its second consecutive New Year’s Six bowl in as many years.