It's that time! Time to start debating where the Clones will play their postseason football this season.
At 6-6, and 3-6 in the Big 12, Iowa State will likely finish 8th place in the league (assuming Baylor will lose to Oke State this weekend, and KU solid in 10th place). That means ISU will either be the 7th or 8th pick amongst the league's contracted bowls, with both K-State and Oklahoma represented in the BCS.
Now before you jump up and down saying Kent State COULD potentially snag a BCS bowl berth from Oklahoma (which is still a possibility), I'm not sure it matters a whole lot for ISU. Here's why:
The #7 selection goes to the Pinstripe Bowl in NYC, which most seem to think won't take the same team two years in a row (due to travel costs for fans, etc.) That leaves the Heart of Dallas bowl, with the #8 selection out of the Big 12, as a strong possibilty for ISU.
Baylor will also likely finish at 6-6 overall in the Big 12, so they could be an in-state possibility for the Heart of Dallas Bowl. ISU obviously holds the tiebreaker over Baylor in the standings with the head-to-head win, but remember, bowls can pick whichever team they want in this situation.
Kern Egan, board member for the Heart of Dallas Bowl, joined Miller and Brinson on Monday to talk about the Cyclones, the Big 12, and the bowl's thoughts: