In this week’s Texas Longhorns bowl projections. The bowl picture becomes clearer for the Texas Longhorns as the regular season for most teams comes to an end.
Where Other Publications Project Texas.
CBS Sports: Cotton Bowl playing Texas A&M
Phil Steele: Cotton Bowl playing Texas A&M
Where Texas will go.
Texas A&M fans really want to play in the Cotton Bowl and especially against the Texas Longhorns. A lot depends on what happens this Friday night. Two games of importance happen on Friday night for Longhorn fans and where they will potentially be playing their bowl game. MAC Championship and Pac-12 Championship.
Pac-12 Championship: If Stanford wins. Stanford goes to the Rose Bowl. If UCLA wins, UCLA goes to the Rose Bowl and Stanford is out of a BCS bowl bid.
In the MAC championship, Kent State has to win in order to have a chance at an at-large bid in the BCS. Kent State is currently ranked 17th in the country. UCLA is ranked 16th. Kent State has to be ranked in the BCS top 16 in order to get an automatic bid since the Big East champion will be ranked lower than them.
Now why is the MAC championship important to Big 12 bowl selection? Because the BCS only has 4 at large spots in the BCS system. Here are some automatic at large bids secured up:
Oregon is currently ranked 5th in the BCS and the SEC championship game loser will likely fall out of the Top 4 so Oregon will get an automatic bid being in the Top 4. That means only 1 spot remains. Many believe it is down to Oklahoma or Kent State. Now if Oklahoma loses to TCU, then it doesn’t matter what happens in the Kansas State-Texas game because Oklahoma won’t win the conference and will be out of the BCS discussion. But let’s say the favorites win out on Saturday, that means Kansas State wins the automatic bid for the Big 12. If Kent State is in the Top 16, then Oklahoma does not get a BCS bowl bid and will go to the Cotton Bowl.
If that happens, Texas will go to the Alamo Bowl because the Alamo Bowl isn’t going to pass on Texas a second time. So Texas will either go to the Cotton or Alamo bowl.