Texas Football: Longhorns' 5 Most Likely Bowl Opponents

Jonathan Woo@woo_jonathanwooCorrespondent INovember 4, 2013

Oct 26, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown on the field during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Texas Longhorns beat the TCU Horned Frogs 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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With the Texas Longhorns' (6-2, 5-0) 35-13 win over the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday, the 'Horns became bowl-eligible for the third-straight season in a row after missing out in 2010.

The hopes of a Big 12 Title are still intact, and if Texas can take care of its business, then the season-finale against Baylor in Waco will look to serve as a conference championship game, a plateau that seemed unreachable after the awful 1-2 start.

Now that Texas is eligible for the postseason, it is time to begin laying out some projections for the bowl season.

The Big 12 has tie-ins with seven bowl games: the BCS, the Cotton Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the Meineke Car Care Bowl and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Texas looks destined for a top three finish in the Big 12, which means prominent opponents are on the horizon.

Texas vs. Nebraska in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

This is probably one of the least likely scenarios, as Texas would have to lose at least two of its final four games to wind up fourth in the Big 12.

A Nebraska or even a Michigan could potentially match up with the Longhorns in what would be an historic blast from the past -- programs with historic predecessors, but riding waves of mediocrity.

Texas vs. UCLA in the Alamo Bowl.

The Longhorns earned a trip to the Alamo Bowl last season, where a strong second half powered Texas to a momentous victory.

With Oregon looking every bit like a national championship contender, Stanford looks to be the top selection for the Pac-12 tie-ins, leaving a UCLA or an Arizona State, possibly, to make the trip into the 'Horns backyard in San Antonio.

Texas vs. LSU in the Cotton Bowl.

The LSU crowd travels well, and a potential 'Horns and Tigers lock-up is an intriguing battle where both teams have huge recruiting bases. This game has more complex implications, but that is only because LSU is on the radar.

Georgia is another possible opponent here.

Texas vs. Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

The game that would seem to project plenty of media spotlight leading up to the event, a re-kindling of the recently terminated rivalry could provide some of the best storylines of any postseason bowl game this year.

The two teams have not met since 2011 on Thanksgiving Night when Justin Tucker converted a 40-yard field goal to win the game as time expired.

Texas vs. Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

In the case that Texas slips up and stumbles completely out of Big 12 Title contention, the Longhorns have been relatively frequent selections to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California.

The 'Horns have been to the Holiday Bowl twice in the last seven years, coming away with wins on both trips.

The Bottom Line

The bowl picture becomes clearer, obviously, as the season wears on.

Texas can make its own future by delivering on its final four games of the season, but that will take a supreme amount of work, focus and execution from the coaches and players alike. With Baylor the runaway favorite, Texas can only play second fiddle at this point.


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