The Norman Transcript


December 3, 2012

Pokes bowled over by selection



TCU got the bid for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and the Baylor Bears — fresh off three-straight wins — landed the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

Not too surprising, the Pinstripe Bowl picked West Virginia to play in the Dec. 29 bowl played at Yankee Stadium in New York City — making it easier for the Mountaineer faithful to travel to a bowl. That set OSU up for either the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston — the same site the Cowboys will open the 2013 schedule against Mississippi State — or the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Ultimately, Texas Tech landed the trip to Houston and the Pokes found themselves situated at the bottom of the Big 12 bowl order.

“I don’t follow it very closely. With what transpired on some sort of a bowl numbering system, that’s why I never follow because the speculation that’s been going on for weeks essentially didn’t hold to be true,” Gundy said. “That’s why I never really worry about it. Wherever the conference sends us is where we go and obviously the conference sent us to this bowl.”

The Heart of Dallas Bowl, which was renamed from the TicketCity Bowl this year, went on a media blitz on Twitter when it appeared OSU would land in the bowl — which brought a lot of grumbling from fans — promoting that the bowl is sponsored by a nonprofit organization with game proceeds going toward “ending chronic homelessness in Dallas.”

OSU junior cornerback Yves Batoba also got in on the social media site, tweeting “All I know is the Heart of Dallas better give us some great bowl gifts... Like a 50 inch iPad!”

Though there was a stink about the bowl on social media, Gundy said he feels it is a positive for the OSU fan base to be playing in their bowl game in Dallas, which will kickoff at 11 a.m. and be televised on ESPNU.

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