It took eleven games and a cathartic, heart-stopping, last-second kicking of sand into the face of Aggie Nation, but the Texas Longhorns finally resemble a team headed to a bowl game.
After the nuclear debacle of 2010—a season that saw the Horns slip, stumble, slide, and ultimately implode into a free-falling, bowl-less, 5-7 season, the Longhorns, at 7-4, with revamped coaching staff, a multitude of young starting talent, a banged-up, wobbly offense, and a world-beating Alabama- and LSU-style defense, are truly and finally bowl-worthy.
(Before you say it, I am aware that they became “officially” bowl-eligible a few weeks ago when they trashed the Texas Tech Red Raiders for their sixth win; however, bowl-eligible and bowl-worthy mean two different things to me.)
As I see it now, the Longhorns will end up in one of these five bowls:
Insight Bowl—Tempe, Arizona—December 30
New Era Pinstripe Bowl—Bronx, New York—December 30
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl—San Diego, California—December 28
Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl—Houston, Texas—December 31
Valero Alamo Bowl—San Antonio, Texas—December 29
So, where will the Longhorns go bowling?
That's uncertain at the moment. One thing that is certain, though, is this: On December 3rd, a feisty green and gold-clad squad from Waco, the Baylor Bears, will have much to say about the Longhorns' holiday travel plans.
Count on it.