I spend way too much time looking into bowl projections. We’re not even halfway through the season yet and I’ve looked at four bowl projections each week. I’ll keep it simple for y’all. I’m only going to do bowl projections for the Big 12 at this moment in time. We’ll see later down the line if I expand my projections at all.
Let’s begin by going from the top of the conference standings to the bottom
Currently, I still have those Sooners winning the Big 12 and cruising down to Bourbon Street on New Year’s Day. They’re still a solid team, but without question they are not a top four team in the country at this moment. I have them slotted to face the Lane Train and Matt “Golden” Corral in NOLA in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Both Oklahoma teams are undefeated right now at 5-0. But both have not looked impressive in a lot of there games. Despite being currently ranked 12. There’s not room for a second Big 12 team in the New Year’s Six. Oklahoma State gets the next best thing. A trip to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl. Arizona State is one of the only Pac-12 teams that looks good right now. This would be a heckuva matchup as well.
Texas- Cheez-It Bowl vs North Carolina
In a perfect world, this is where I would put Texas currently. Odds are if they don’t make a New Year’s Six bowl. They’ll spend their holiday season at one of the many Texas-based bowl games around. But these are my bowl projections and the Longhorns are going to Disney World! As far as an ACC team is concerned, they’re all the same really. No one stands out in that conference at moment except for a 5-0 Wake Forest team. I went with a matchup that provides a massive storyline... The Mack Brown Bowl!
Baylor- Liberty Bowl vs LSU
Baylor put up a spirited fight against the Cowboys on Saturday. At times it felt like the Bears could have easily won that game. However, the Cowboys won 24-14 and handed the Baylor its first loss of the year. If the season were to somehow end today, the Bears would be fourth in the Big 12 standings and face the Bayou Bengals of Louisiana State University.
Some how, someway, the fellas in Lubbock are 4-1. We’ll see how long that lasts but that win against West Virginia was really nice. The Red Raiders will start and would end their season in Houston and take on another Texas school, The Aggies of Texas A&M from the SEC. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Iowa State- Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs Purdue
If you told Iowa State fans in July that they would be playing in a bowl game in Arizona, most of the Cyclone nation probably would have guessed that they would be returning to the Fiesta Bowl. That is not the case, however as they would play at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Playing the Purdue Boilermakers in a battle of midwestern schools.
Kansas State- First Responder’s Bowl vs Memphis
The Big 12 has two bowl games that they potentially have ties to if they have a seventh team that is bowl eligible. Kansas State will fill this role in on my projections and will face an always game AAC team in Memphis.
Teams not appearing in bowl games
The Big 12 only has 7 bowl game spots, odds are only six or seven teams from the Big 12 will appear in bowl games and we have a long ways to go.
TCU- I put Kansas State over TCU in the final bowl game spot because I think Kansas State is a better team with better losses at the moment.
West Virginia- The Mountaineers can easily turn things around, but at 2-3, they have their work cut out for them. They’ll be on the outside looking in for now.