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Big 12 Bowl Projections | Sooners At #4 And There's Still Hope For Kansas State

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Notre Dame's loss to Stanford on Saturday night all but assured that the Sooners would have a spot in the College Football Playoff. You'll need to really stretch the imagination a bit to find a scenario in which Oklahoma gets left out, following this weekend's conference championship games. I do believe that OU will end up with the #4 seed in the playoff (behind the Big 10 champion), barring any major upsets this weekend. What that most likely means for the Sooners is a trip to Miami to take on the Clemson Tigers in a rematch of last year's Champ Sports Bowl, but what does it mean for the rest of the conference?

New Year's Six

Sugar Bowl

New Orleans, LA

TCU vs. Florida

January 1

New Orleans

Big 12 1 vs. SEC 1

Oklahoma State fans need to become big burnt orange supporters this weekend because if the Longhorns can upset Baylor then the Cowboys will have a good shot at visiting the Big Easy for New Year's. As is stands now, should Baylor win, the Cowboys, Frogs, and Bears would all be tied at 7-2 in conference play, and 10-2 overall. That means a big scenario that could go into endless arguments as to who deserves the top bowl spot in the Big 12, and in almost every single one of those arguments the Cowboys lose out because they finished 0-2 over their last two games.


Conferences ties and selection order




January 2

San Antonio

Big 12 2 vs. Pac-12 2


West Virginia


January 2

Tempe, AZ

Big 12 6 vs. Pac-12 7


Kansas State


January 2


Big 12 5 vs. SEC 3-8

Russell Athletic

North Carolina

Oklahoma State

December 29


ACC 2 vs. Big 12 3


Texas Tech

Texas A&M

December 29


Big 12 4 vs. SEC 3-8

It's Not Over For The Wildcats

Kansas State is a 6.5 point underdog to West Virginia this weekend and on course to finish the season at 5-7. That's just fine, as far as the conference is concerned, because win or lose the Wildcats are most likely going bowling anyway. Obviously if they win they are in, but we've officially reached the point where there are more bowls than there are eligible teams, and that's great news for KSU because they'll be one of the 5-7 teams that are accepted.

Let's Make It More Fun And Not Play Defense

The Baylor Bears have been ravaged by injury at the quarterback position, but that doesn't make a match-up against Oregon any less attractive. With an average of 51 points scored per game, the Bears are the top scoring offense in the nation and the now Scott Frost-less Oregon Ducks check in at at 43 points per game, which ranks them 6th nationally. Let's just turn this game into a 7-on-7 passing drill.

Texas Rivalry Renewed

There's not a better bowl for the Red Raiders and Aggies to hook it up on the field than the Texas Bowl. These old Southwest and Big 12 Conference foes would get to go at each other with talented offenses and sub-par, almost non-existent, defenses.

Yeah, But Who's Going To Watch?

West Virginia and Oklahoma State are projected to play in games that feature solid match-ups but most likely low attendance and viewership. There's not a lot of folks that are going to travel across the country to watch the Mountaineers play in the desert and on the same note, if UNC and O-State can't fill up their home stadiums then they're most likely not going to combine to fill up the stadium in Orlando. These two bowls lack either the logistical ability to attend the game or the 'big ticket" team to get folks outside of their own fan base to turn the TV on.