Oklahoma football: Sooners now eligible for postseason play, but where will they go?

It took much longer than in previous seasons, but with the win over Oklahoma State, the 2022 edition of Oklahoma football became bowl eligible.

The Bedlam win was Oklahoma’s sixth of the season, a milestone that rarely is in doubt in Norman, Oklahoma — and makes the Sooners eligible for postseason play for a 24th consecutive year.

Oklahoma won’t be going to a major bowl –again, something the Sooner Nation is generally not accustomed to — but from where the program was at midseason following three straight defeats and two by horrific margins — earning bowl eligibility is a truly a big deal.

The Sooners, who started the season No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 and rose as high as No. 6 after the first three weeks, are at 6-5 overall heading into the regular-season finale this weekend against Texas Tech.

With 14 Big 12 championships since 2000, the same year Oklahoma won its seventh national championship, the Sooners have appeared in four BCS national championship games and four College Football Playoffs. In between time, OU has earned a berth in 10 New Year’s Six bowls.

That won’t be the case this time around, but I can assure you that Sooner fans are happy to see the Sooners getting to play a 13th game in December, given the kind of season it has been.

The latest postseason projections have Oklahoma going to one of two bowl locations.

Both ESPN and College Football News have the Sooners going to the TaxAct Texas Bowl in Houston. ESPN staff writer Kyle Bonagura and CFN have OU matched up with Mississippi State, a future SEC foe. Mark Schlabach has the Sooners playing Arkansas, another SEC team in the Texas Bowl.

ProFootballNetwork.com has Oklahoma playing Kentucky in the Liberty Bowl, which would pose interesting matchup against Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, younger brother of Bob Stoops.

This would be Oklahoma’s first appearance in either bowl.