Every week, the Cowboys find ways to win. Somehow someway. The defense held the line vs Texas in the fourth quarter and provided several key stops in the 32-24 victory over the Longhorns. The Cowboys are now 6-0 for the first time since 2015 & are bowl eligible for the 16th straight year. Where do they end up? Find out below!
Oklahoma- Cotton Bowl (CFP) vs Cincinnati
Arguably the Sooners played their best game on Saturday against TCU, winning 52-31 with their new starting QB Caleb Williams leading the charge against the Horned Frogs. The Sooners don’t show any signs of slowing down just yet. In my CFB Playoff, the Sooners and the number 3 seed while Cincinnati is number 2. But the Sooners would have home field advantage in this scenario, playing in Arlington, Texas.
Oklahoma State- Sugar Bowl vs Alabama
The Cardiac Cowboys advanced to 6-0 after a 34-24 and are heading to Ames on Saturday. As the lower rank of the Oklahoma teams have them in the New Year’s Six Bowl with Alabama for now. The Tide are hovering around the 4, 5, 6 tier of teams right now so barring a few upsets above them. This is where Bama stays.
Baylor- Alamo Bowl vs Utah
Baylor gave the BYU Cougars a “Welcome to the Big 12” by beating the boys from Provo 38-24. They remain in San Antonio, and can still move up with potential wins with Texas and Oklahoma down the line. Baylor has a new opponent compared to last week, Utah, who beat Arizona State and are still undefeated in conference play.
Iowa State- Cheez-It Bowl vs Pitt
Iowa State falls here but their season isn’t completely dead. At 4-2, The Cyclones can be a dangerous threat in the Big 12. Despite the loss to Baylor, it was just a 2-point loss and are still dangerous with Brock Purdy and Breece Hall. Pitt has a big game vs Clemson this week that could change the ACC from have a new winner or same old Clemson taking over.
Texas- Texas Bowl vs Mississippi State
College Football’s version of the Atlanta Falcons fell to OSU and blew a lead for the second straight game. Texas falls to 4-3 and it’s potentially looking like another disappointing year for Texas. The Longhorns get lost in the shuffle and find themselves in Houston against another 4-3 team in Mississippi State. Mike Leach faces Texas again. (Someone look if Michael Crabtree has any eligibility left)
Kansas State- Liberty Bowl vs Arkansas
At 3-3, its unclear if Kansas State will make a bowl once again. They have games between Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas, West Virginia, Baylor and Texas remaining. They could win out or go 2-4 and miss out on a bowl game. These next two games are pivotal for the Wildcats bowl chances. Arkansas might be in a bit of a free fall after losing three in a row and Hogs schedule is tough as nails though so it’s a real possibility they miss a bowl game as well. But for now, both teams are walking in Memphis.
TCU- Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs Wisconsin
TCU is in a very similar spot to Kansas State, sitting at 3-3 with games vs West Virginia, Kansas State, Baylor, OSU, Kansas and Iowa State. They have some very winnable games in there but also have games they can easily lose as well. With a few upsets, the Horned Frogs could be back in the bowl game picture after missing last year’s Texas Bowl due to Covid. I have TCU facing Wisconsin in a rematch of the 2011 Rose Bowl.
Texas Tech- First Responders Bowl vs Air Force
I’m not sold on Texas Tech at all. However, they are 5-2 and just need one win to be bowl eligible. Here’s the rest of their schedule for reference
October 23 vs Kansas State
October 30 at Oklahoma
November 13 vs Iowa State
November 20 vs Oklahoma State
November 27 at Baylor
That’s a really tough stretch of games for Tech. However, I think the odds are in their favor in winning 1 of these 5 games and getting past that 6-win threshold. However, if they go 0-5, Matt Wells will likely get the pink slip and be looking for a new job. The First Responders Bowl opponent can be any team remaining that hasn’t been selected to a bowl left so I’ll fill this spot in with a really good Air Force team out of the Mountain West.
Teams not making a bowl game
West Virginia- They had a bye week last week so nothing really changes for them. It’s still possible they win out and a win against TCU goes a long way.