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Big 12 Football: Bowl Projections

Lisa HornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterDecember 3, 2016

Big 12 Football: Bowl Projections

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    The Big 12 will enjoy a truly special year with one of its teams playing in the Fiesta Bowl and one playing in the BCS National Championship Game. 

    Considering all the turmoil this conference has gone through over the past two years, the Big 12 should be patting itself on the back for giving football fans such quality teams in this season's bowls.

    Well done, Big 12. Well done.

Pinstripe Bowl: TCU vs Syracuse (maybe)

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    TCU will likely finish the season 6-6 which gets them squeezed into the Pinstripe Bowl against a No. 4 Big East team. 

    Right now, Syracuse looks like the best bet for finishing fourth, but I'm a little leery of this: Syracuse is currently 5-5 and must win at either Missouri or Temple to get bowl-eligible. 

    Cross your fingers for the Orange. 

Meineke Car Care of Texas: Iowa State vs Minnesota

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    Iowa State is currently 5-5, but I am confident in the Cyclones finishing at 6-6 and getting bowl-eligible—Iowa State's last two games are against Kansas and West Virginia. 

    Last year Iowa State played in the Pinstripe Bowl and lost to Rutgers, but this year it'll most likely be taking on a Big Ten team such as Minnesota. I actually like this matchup a lot. 

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: West Virginia vs Northwestern

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    Remember when West Virginia looked like a shoo-in for the Fiesta Bowl? Yikes, times have changed.

    The Mountaineers would love to have a few do-overs this season, but they while they mull over what went wrong, they will face the No. 4 team from the Big Ten, Northwestern. 

    This game could be absolutely epic or it could be over in the first quarter. In any case, it's definitely worth tuning in to. 

Holiday Bowl: Texas Tech vs Stanford

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    The Holiday Bowl is one of the best bowls for teams to participate in—the players are treated like royalty and they are truly entertained during their entire bowl week experience. 

    Texas Tech gets the lucky trip to San Diego, CA. after finishing 8-4, and it'll face the 9-3 Stanford Cardinal. 

Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs USC

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    Oklahoma State is currently 6-3 overall but should win two of its last three games, losing to Oklahoma. This is purely subjective at this point, but I'm going to pick the Cowboys over Texas Tech. 

    USC, if it beats UCLA and Notre Dame, will be 9-3 but will represent the South against the probable 12-0 Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship Game, and that should be a loss for USC.

    That puts USC here in the Alamo Bowl. This will be another great bowl.

Cotton Bowl: Texas vs Texas A&M

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    The Texas Longhorns should finish 9-3 (beating TCU, losing to Kansas State) and that puts them in the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. 

    Who doesn't want to see a former-Big 12, now-SEC team facing the Big 12's Longhorns? Maybe Texas doesn't. Would it accept this bowl berth or opt for the Alamo Bowl and face USC?

    Stay tuned.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs LSU

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    The Sooners are currently 7-2, and I have them winning out to finish 10-2. That puts them at No. 2 in the Big 12 conference standings and good for the Fiesta Bowl since the top Big 12 team will be playing somewhere else. 

    Since the SEC will be left out of the BCS championship game, the winner of the SEC Championship will be playing in the Sugar Bowl and that leaves an SEC team at-large. Will it be Georgia or LSU?

    LSU will win out while Georgia will probably lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, so LSU will be ranked higher than Georgia when all is said and done. 

    LSU vs Oklahoma? 

    Bring it.

BCS Championship: Kansas State vs Oregon

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    Head coach Bill Snyder and his Wildcats (and his Heisman-winning quarterback) are heading to Miami Gardens in January to end a dreamy 12-0 season.

    While the Wildcats enjoy their first BCS championship game experience, they'll have to come to grips with the fact they will be playing the Oregon Ducks. 

    Good feeling gone. 

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